clearn.png
Sunday August 14th, 2022 9:45PM

Streaky Celtics hit cold spot at bad time in Game 5 loss

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Boston Celtics couldn't make a 3-pointer to start the game and found themselves in a deep hole. Then they couldn't miss and turned the game around.

But when the outside shooting failed them down the stretch, the Celtics had no answer against the Golden State Warriors and now head home on the brink of elimination following a 104-94 loss in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night.

“For us, it’s really about consistency,” coach Ime Udoka said. “That’s the thing we’re not having throughout a full game, is consistent efforts, sustained effort, more so offensively than anything. That’s the part where we got to have carryover not only game to game but quarter to quarter, where we saw it happened in the third but not the fourth.”

The Celtics went on an outside shooting rollercoaster ride never seen before in the NBA Finals, becoming the first team ever to miss its first 12 shots from long range and then the first team to make eight straight from 3, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

They then missed seven straight down the stretch and head back home for Game 6 on Thursday night after first back-to-back losses this postseason.

“I think definitely we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be during times there,” Al Horford said. “Just tough. Definitely now, our backs are against the wall, and we have to see what we’re made of.”

The Celtics will look to turn things around and force a decisive seventh game on Sunday back in San Francisco but will need much more consistency from 3.

The scoreboard mirrored Boston's outside shooting as the Celtics fell behind 16 points early when they couldn't make a 3 and then turned things around after Jayson Tatum and Horford made back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second quarter.

Marcus Smart added another one and then Boston made its first five 3-pointers in the third quarter — including three from Tatum — and led 66-61 after a three-point play from Grant Williams.

The Celtics then missed their next seven from long range with the key point coming at the close of the third quarter when Jaylen Brown missed a pull-up with 6 seconds left and Boston was slow to get back on defense, leading to a buzzer-beater from 3 by Jordan Poole that gave Golden State the lead.

“When we’re at our best, it’s simple ball movement,” Udoka said. “I think the third quarter showed that. The drive and kick was beautiful, was working, getting guys wide-open shots. I don’t know if it was fatigue affects the decision making a little bit there, or just physically don’t have the burst to finish it off.”

Boston's frustration boiled over early in the fourth quarter starting when Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer on a play the Celtics wanted a push-off called. Udoka, who got a technical early, got heated with official Tony Brothers during a timeout and it just built from there.

Smart got called for a technical foul of his own on the next possession and then was called for an offensive foul on the inbound pass and a delay of game warning. Poole made a basket at the other end and Boston's five-point from the third quarter turned into an 85-74 deficit.

By the time Tatum broke the late-game cold spell, it was too late for the Celtics, who spent much of the fourth quarter complaining.

“Not our best moment,” Horford said. “I feel like we’ve been able to fend those things off, especially throughout the playoffs. For whatever reason tonight I feel like it got to us. It’s one of those things that we kind of brought it back. We were able to focus back in, but we can never let that get to us. We can’t let that affect our game, the way that things are being played.”

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Sports, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Yellowstone officials assess damage after historic floods
Yellowstone officials are assessing the damage caused by a deluge of floodwaters that forced the evacuation of parts of the iconic national park just as the summer tourism season was ramping up
12:03AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Streaky Celtics hit cold spot at bad time in Game 5 loss
The Boston Celtics couldn’t make a 3-pointer to start the game and found themselves in a deep hole
11:46PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Wiggins delivers on both ends, Warriors lead NBA Finals 3-2
Andrew Wiggins delivered the biggest game yet in his eight-year career with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 21 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 for a 3-2 NBA Finals lead
11:43PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Rapinoe, Morgan back for US for World Cup qualifiers
Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have been included on the U.S. national soccer team roster for the upcoming CONCACAF W Championship, which will determine four of the region’s teams in the 2023 Women’s World Cup
7:38PM ( 4 hours ago )
US OPEN NOTEBOOK: Golf schism the talk of The Country Club
Bryson DeChambeau says it's a business decision to play for the LIV Golf series
6:46PM ( 5 hours ago )
Phil Mickelson not giving up on playing PGA Tour
Phil Mickelson never had such a conservative strategy for the U.S. Open
6:13PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Sports
Inside the Finals: Celtics fit to be tied, Steph raining 3s
The Boston Celtics are probably used to 2-2 ties in the NBA Finals by now
3:16AM ( 20 hours ago )
With NBA Finals tied at 2, Celtics try to stop Stephen Curry
The Boston Celtics realize they must find an answer to Stephen Curry and do a better job making things difficult for the two-time MVP
6:39PM ( 1 day ago )
Green looks to make impact for Warriors even without scoring
When the Golden State Warriors made their fourth-quarter push to get back into the NBA Finals, Draymond Green had the unusual role as spectator
5:59PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Basketball
Curry's diagnosis for Game 4 of finals: 'I'm going to play'
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says there's no doubt that he'll play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against Boston
10:25PM ( 4 days ago )
Overlooked no more, Brown shines for Celtics in Finals
There was a time when the narrative surrounding Jaylen Brown was that he was a redundant player on a Celtics team shaping its identity around budding superstar Jayson Tatum
5:25PM ( 4 days ago )
No. 1? Magic work out Jabari Smith in advance of NBA draft
Jabari Smith didn't attempt to minimize the significance of the first of his two planned pre-NBA draft workouts
3:12PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Sports - NBA
Wiggins delivers on both ends, Warriors lead NBA Finals 3-2
Andrew Wiggins delivered the biggest game yet in his eight-year career with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 21 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 for a 3-2 NBA Finals lead
11:43PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Asian benchmarks decline after bear market hits Wall Street
Asian shares fell across the board after Wall Street tumbled into what’s called a bear market, indicating that major U.S. benchmarks and individual stocks have fallen 20% or more from a recent high for a sustained period of time
11:37PM ( 34 minutes ago )
Court refuses to stop UK from deporting migrants to Rwanda
The British government’s plan to deport asylum-seekers of various nationalities to Rwanda is set to go ahead after an appeals court on Monday refused to block the policy that the U.N.’s top refugee official said sets a dangerous precedent for migrants fleeing war and oppression
11:18PM ( 54 minutes ago )
Yellowstone floods wipe out roads, bridges, strand visitors
Flooding has wiped out roads and bridges and closed off all entrances to Yellowstone National Park at the onset of the busy summer tourist season
10:42PM ( 1 hour ago )
Hoskins' RBI in 9th rallies Phillies past Marlins 3-2
Rhys Hoskins raised his arms in celebration on his game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning that led the Philadelphia Phillies over the Miami Marlins 3-2
10:30PM ( 1 hour ago )