Ime Udoka was right not to ignite. Asked before the game against the Hawks how he was going to keep his players focused, when they were on a short series, the coach replied that it was necessary “just look at the balance sheet” of the Celtics. “Two wins in a row is not a series”, he added.
The Boston coach had a hollow nose since his troops fell through with the Hawks. A more than average start to the match, then a return in the course of the meeting, before a missed last quarter. This is the composite portrait of the Massachusetts players’ season.
“Our offensive execution has not been good this season”regrets Jaylen Brown, who saw Atlanta win the last act 28-15, for Mass Live. “In these moments of adversity, we show our face. And in the last quarter, it is not very pretty this season. We lost too many matches in important moments. We have to learn from those moments and we clearly have to do things differently. »
The Celtics conceded a terrible 18-2 in the last quarter and displayed their limits: 5/20 to shoot, 1/8 to 3-pts and five lost balls. The attack slipped late in the game and Ime Udoka’s players lost their footing.
« We haven’t found the solutions like in the last matches »says Udoka. “The lost balloons hurt us. It’s not just lost balls, but also missed shots, blocked shots that caused transitions. We weren’t in it offensively and that helped the Hawks. »
Symbol of it all: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both All-Stars were clumsy and inaccurate. The first makes a copy of 9/22 in shooting with 7 lost balls, the second 5/17 in shooting and 5 possessions lost. In summary: 14/39 on the shot and 12 lost balls, and above all isolation sequences with too often complicated shots.
“In the third quarter, we penetrated and we managed to have open shots at 3-pts for Marcus Smart”analyzes the coach for ESPN. “Then we put too much emphasis on isolation and we were static. »