Desperate to reduce turnover and avoid third-quarter slump, the Boston Celtics are hoping to make a resurgence in their NBA Finals performance back home.
The Celtics and Golden State Warriors entered the third game at Boston Gardens on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw in the best-seven championship series.
After an epic fourth-quarter rally to give Boston a one-game win, the Warriors took advantage of 33 points in 19 turnovers and a big third quarter to win 107-88 in two games on Sunday.
“We didn’t give ourselves a chance with too much turnover,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. “We were not strong with the ball. It was a little frustrating for us. “
The Celtics are 5-4 at home in the playoffs, 8-3 on the road, but star Jelene Brown is ready to forget that kind of thing.
“We have to come out and play our best version of basketball,” Brown said. “It simply came to our notice then.
“We just have to come out and do better with the care of basketball.”
The Celtics should avoid falling into the deep hole in the third quarter as they are also in the first two games in San Francisco.
“We have to be ready to play, to be ready to meet that physique on both ends,” Brown said. “We are not a perfect team, but we will take it forward. We only have 48 minutes to play.
“We know the Warriors are a third-quarter team. We talked about it. They still came out and were able to run. We just have to be able to answer. “
Boston forward Jason Tatum has insisted on reducing turnover.
“They got a lot of points from our turnover. This is something we need to be better for next match, “he said. “Throughout the playoffs, our high turnover games cause losses.
“It’s definitely a point of emphasis. We’re a really good team when we take care of the ball. But we have flaws where – the snowball effect – we pile up in turnover and dig ourselves into a hole.”
Tatum says the intensity of the road game helps the Celtics play better, but they will now have the same urgency at home in the garden.
“I’m just playing with the feeling of urgency,” Tatum said. “Human nature plays a role when you go on the road. It is a difficult environment.
“We are comfortable at home. (Now it) just has a sense of significance, we know we’re at home, but we have to play better at home. “
Derrick White said the Celtics were disappointed after two weak third quarters against the Warriors.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” White said. “It’s easy to talk about it, but we have to go there and make some changes. We need to learn from the mistakes we made and grow from them. ”
Celtic center Al Harford has promised better performance in all three games.
“I thought we missed the basket a lot easier. I have to be better in that area and I will be in the next match. I’ll look at the picture. I will learn from it. “
When it comes to turnover, Harford said, “For a better chance of us winning, we have to reduce them.”
The Celtics need a change of heart to improve in the third quarter, Harford says.
“It’s a mentality,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. The coach spoke about this. We need to find ways to get better. Watch that movie and get better, and I think we can.
“In Game 3. I can’t wait to get to the Garden. I know it’ll be a whirlwind on Wednesday.”
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