Boston Celtics, knowing ‘a lot of great basketball still ahead of us’, confident after Game 4 loss

SAN FRANCISCO — The Boston Celtics know that they again failed to capitalize on home-court advantage, losing Game 4 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

But with the series returning to the Chase Center for Game 5 on Monday night, and the Finals now a best-of-three NBA championship, Boston remains confident of getting the road win it needs again. mission completed.

“You can get a positive from anything,” Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said. “Obviously, I think we could be in a better position than we are now, but we’re not. It’s 2-2. Still, there’s no suspense. A lot of great basketball is still ahead of us. We’ll learn from our mistakes Lesson learned, and apply it as much as possible. I still think we’re in a good position.

“I’m excited to see how we react over the next few days. I mean, it’s exciting. It’s the biggest stage in the world. I’m going to lead our team, our people , against anyone. So I’m looking forward to giving it.”

Brown has good reason to be optimistic about Boston’s chances against the Warriors. Yes, the Celtics have to win at least one more road game to win the NBA championship, but so far in the playoffs, they’ve had more success on the road than they did at TD Garden. Heading into Game 5, the Celtics are 8-3 on the road this playoffs — and just 6-5 at home.

On top of that, Boston has won all seven games after losing in those playoffs — a 13-1 record in those games since the team started turning around the season in late January.

“We obviously put ourselves in a position to extend the lead and go 3-1,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “But the bottom line is we were 2-2 and we won that too, not 0-2 or 1-2 or whatever. So I believe they said the same after Golden State.”

Those experiences against Milwaukee and Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals and finals, respectively, are also part of the foundation for Boston to move forward with confidence. The Celtics played both teams on the road, winning knockout games in their respective buildings, giving them confidence they could do the same this time around.

“[Game 4] It was a tough loss, and we understand that,” Tatum said of the Celtics’ 107-97 loss. “We’ve been here before.This is [the] For the third time in a row I feel like we’ve been here. So we know what is needed. We know what we have to do and pay attention to details and things like that.I’m confident, like I’ve been making the playoffs, that we’re going to react and play better for most of the game [Monday]. “

Another factor that Boston is focusing on is that the Celtics can control some definite things, which should lead to positive results if they do. When Tatum has at least seven assists in a game this season, Boston is 18-2 — including a 15-game winning streak. Likewise, when Boston has 15 or fewer turnovers this postseason, the Celtics are 14-2 — including wins in Games 1 and 3.

Conversely, when Boston has 16 or more turnovers, it’s 0-6 — including its losses in Games 2 and 4.

“I think the narrative shifts to [Steph] Curry and what he’s doing,” Udoka said. “But in our wins and losses, they scored the same. In your case, in the fourth quarter, a lot of things depended on our offense. But even throughout the game, we had a couple of chances to lead by five, six, seven, and a bad offense or turnover brought them back into the game. The difference where we extend our lead in the race is that we take advantage of those opportunities. We are strong. Against this team, any time your offense is underperforming, turning the ball over, making a bad pass, getting them out, we know how quickly they can get back into the game.

“That was the case in Game 4 when we had a chance.”

One thing about the Celtics heading into Game 5, like the entire series, is the state of starting center Robert Williams III, who has been dealing with persistent soreness in his left knee.

Williams had 6 points, 7 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks in 31 minutes in Game 4, but asked to come off with less than 4 minutes left in the embarrassing fourth quarter. On that sick left knee. Williams has been dealing with a bone bruise in his knee. He had meniscus surgery 2.5 months ago.

However, both he and Udoka said he was feeling better on Sunday, and they were optimistic he would play again in Game 5.

“It feels good,” Williams said. “It hurts a bit, but in better days [I’ve had].

“I’m actually looking for clips [to see what happened]. I can’t necessarily tell if you’re jumping or landing, but typical soreness, man. But like I said, I feel good. “

Udoka went on to say there was no specific game that resulted in Williams’ injury, and while Williams would have to go through normal pre-game testing to see if he could play, Udoka is confident he can.


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