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Celtics look to avoid self-inflicted wounds in Game 4

The Dollars have capitalized on turnovers of their two victories, a shortcoming the Celtics are enthusiastic about addressing.

MILWAUKEE – The Boston Celtics may well be indignant, according to their trust that Marcus Good used to be uncoiling to shoot a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left and his staff trailing 103-101 in Sport 3 Saturday. (The NBA’s Ultimate Two Minute File launched Sunday affirmed the unique name, however from trainer Ime Udoka on down, the Celtics nonetheless felt nah.)

The Celtics may well be annoyed that Al Horford’s moment tip to tie got here only a hair after the general horn, permitting the Dollars to flee and take a 2-1 collection lead.

What they want to be, regardless that, is resolute that their disasters within the 3rd quarter had been confronted, addressed and not will occur once more.

That used to be the stretch when Boston misplaced the sport. When the Celtics returned from halftime and became their 50-46 lead into an 80-67 deficit. Milwaukee’s 34-17 scoring edge is essentially the most lopsided of the 12 quarters performed thus far within the collection.

How did it occur? With Boston’s unwitting or a minimum of accidental assist.

Milwaukee scored extra issues on rapid breaks within the 3rd quarter than Boston scored, length. And the Dollars’ 18-0 edge in transition used to be fueled via their fighters’ errors and unhealthy photographs. The Celtics became the ball over seven occasions within the 3rd (in comparison to 5 the remainder of the sport), ignored six in their seven 3-pointers and shot 6-for-20 general.

Coughed-up balls, lengthy rebounds and errant photographs are lighter fluid when the opposite staff desires to push the tempo. It in particular undid Boston’s defensive plans towards Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“We kind of aided them,” Udoka advised newshounds Sunday. “If we keep them in the halfcourt, we feel really good about our team defense and individual defense on him,. But we kind of opened the floodgates in that third quarter. Got ’em going. He becomes more aggressive in the halfcourt.”

The Celtics suffering to maintain Giannis Antetokounmpo.

There’s a pattern creating to make stronger Udoka’s clarification: Milwaukee had 28 fast-break issues in Sport 1 and 21 in Sport 3, each victories. It had simply six within the 109-86 Sport 2 loss.

In line with information pulled via The Athletic by the use of Cleansing The Glass, the Dollars’ halfcourt potency has been an anemic 75.6 issues in line with 100 possessions in each and every in their wins.

When Antetokounmpo has been a hit within the halfcourt, he and the Dollars have matchup hunted of their pick-and-roll performs, the usage of the Celtics’ switches towards them. For example, Jaylen Brown remoted on Antetokounmpo is one thing no Boston fan ever desires to look once more.

“At times everybody’s guarding him,” Udoka stated of the Dollars’ megastar, who had 42 issues on 16-of-30 taking pictures Saturday. “They’re focused on explicit matchups. Our protection is according to our particular person defenders.

“Understanding how he likes to score, we gambled at times and gave him open driving lanes. Keeping them off balance, giving him different matchups has worked well. And the main thing, honestly, is making them score in the halfcourt.”

Boston has different problems to deal with. Whilst Good is the NBA’s just lately topped Kia Defensive Participant of the Yr, his Milwaukee counterpart Jrue Vacation has endured to compare him forestall for forestall. In line with StatMuse, Vacation has locked down his playoff foes’ maximum potent scorers via 8 video games towards the Bulls and Celtics.

Their field-goal percentages when guarded via Vacation: Zach LaVine (28.6%), Jayson Tatum (30%), DeMar DeRozan  (38.1%) and Brown (38.5%). General, the gamers Vacation has guarded have shot 30.6%.

That makes up for his personal 37.1% taking pictures. The sturdy level guard has been Milwaukee’s second-best scorer, filling injured Khris Middleton’s function, averaging 23 issues on 23.3 discipline target makes an attempt.

The Celtics have made Vacation paintings at each ends, and that ratio of photographs to issues is ok with them. Nevertheless it’s a reminder that that is the playoffs, the place potency takes a again seat to physicality.

“He’s a physical guard that enjoys the contact,” Udoka stated. “So smaller guys struggle with him. He doesn’t differentiate big wings, big men, and tries to go at everybody the same. That’s his game. He wants to feel your body. Kind of hit guys. He’s been that his whole career. We’ve got to be ready to embrace that.”

Complete Focal point: Dollars hang on to overcome Celtics in shut Sport 3 win.

As for their very own assault, there used to be not anything improper in Sport 3 with Brown scoring 27 issues, Al Horford setting up 22 (4 3-pointers) and Derrick White including 14 off the bench. Realize who’s lacking regardless that? Tatum, who shot a frosty 4-of-19, scoring 10 issues whilst lacking all six of his 3-pointers and getting best 3 unfastened throws.

The lanky 24-year-old stated he used to be “thinking too much” in Sport 3, however to listen to Udoka cope with it, Tatum used to be dribbling too deep into the Dollars’ protection and, particularly overdue, passing up photographs he usually would take.

A bounce-back sport is much more likely than no longer. Tatum used to be averaging 28.0 issues via his first six playoff video games this yr, at the heels of 30.6 ppg and 25.7 ppg within the two earlier postseasons.

“We understand how he’s being guarded by certain personnel on their team,” Udoka stated. “They’re being extraordinarily bodily at the perimeter with him.

“It’s a team effort. We didn’t set screens great for him Game 3 as opposed to Game 2. Game 1 wasn’t great either. … But he also has to be patient to set his man up and use the screen. It’s a full team thing.”

Steve Aschburner has written in regards to the NBA since 1980. You’ll be able to e mail him right here, in finding his archive right here and follow him on Twitter.

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