After a controlled first half, the Boston Celtics, led by a rhythmic Jayson Tatum, finally collapsed in the second half. After the match, the C’s star regretted his slump during the second act.
After the start of the game, the Boston Celtics seemed in good shape to win the game. Well worn by their superstar Jayson Tatum (21 points, 9/14)the C’s even took a 13-point advantage in the 2th quarter. But their return from the locker room was catastrophic. They started with a 1 – 10 and were 17 points behind at the end of the 3th quarter. The latter was fatal (14 – 39) for Boston. Jayson Tatum, like his team, was in great difficulty: 6 ball losses and only 5 points (all on free throws). At the end of the meeting, Boston’s number 0 showed his frustration with his performance in the second half:
“I think, obviously, I don’t want to lose the ball like that. But you know, things happen during the game, and they (the Heat players) keep going. I will be the first to say that I take responsibility for it. I have to direct better, I have to play better in those moments, and I just can’t wait to respond. »
The Heat take control in the second half to beat the Celtics 118-107 in the opener of the East finals for a 1-0 series lead! #NBAPlayoffs
Jimmy Butler 41 points
Tyler Herro 18 points
Gabe Vincent 17 points
Jayson Tatum 29 points
Jaylen Brown 24 points
Robert Williams 18 points pic.twitter.com/ZzL4huUaSq
Even if Tatum takes responsibility for this defeat, it remains collective. In the second half, the Celtics were super clumsy: 10/35 to shoot (28%) and 6/20 to three points (30%), they who nevertheless came out of a match 7 against the Bucks where they had been impressive behind the arc (22/55, 42%). But the Celtics also had to compose without two players, usually in the major five: Marcus Smart (sprain) and Al Horford (Covid protocol). Their absence was felt during the meeting since the rotation of the C’s quickly found itself too short. What made them strong in the previous round against the defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, was not reproduced during the meeting. Jayson Tatum felt it:
“Throughout the playoffs, we did a great job responding to the opposing runs. But for some reason we didn’t do it today.”
The Celtics lost this game on a single quarter, the 3th, as they outplayed the Heat in the other three. Jayson Tatum and his teammates can blame themselves, but they still have a chance to pocket a game in Miami and take home advantage.
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