After beating the 17-point half in the first half of the match in the 2nd final of the Eastern Conference to “Hit”, an explosion reportedly took place in the Celtics locker room.
Marcus Smart and other Celtics players argued in the locker room, according to Gary Washburn of Boston Globe.
It is reported that Smart shouted to his teammates “all this bull to you” before going to the bathroom. Washburn also reported that several players were arguing for several minutes and that they were throwing objects.
Kemba Walker downplayed the case to reporters a few minutes later.
“It was nothing,” Walker said. “It simply came to our notice then. I̵7;m not talking about it. “
“I’m not talking about it.” – Kemba Walker on locker room argument after games # Celtics pic.twitter.com/3acbSRM9aD
– Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) September 18, 2020
Tatum slightly expanded the feelings of the team after a 2-0 reduction.
“We are disappointed,” Tatum said. “These are team sports. We shouldn’t be happy that we went down 0-2. It was nothing [out of the] usual. Just talk about the game. It’s cool, we need to prepare for the next one. “
“What happens in the locker should stay in the locker room,” Tatum later added. “We shouldn’t come out here and talk about what we talked about as a team after a win or a loss. That’s why we go into the locker room and talk to each other, regardless of whether we win or lose. That’s all “.
“The boys were emotional after a hard game, a heavy loss,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
It is reported that Smart soon left the arena, and after the loss on Thursday did not speak to the media.
As for what happened in the game itself, there are two common questions that Stevens, Tatum and Walker faced: “What happened in this third quarter?” (who saw the Celtics beat 37-17) and why they fought against the Heat defensive zone.
Stevens believed his team was unconnected during the third quarter.
“We broke up and didn’t play well. And they did a good job, ”Stevens said. “We will not beat this team if we are not fully connected at both ends of the court. So we have to go back to what we used to do, but now they are the best team and we have to fight to get back into this series. “
Tatum simply said that “Heat” beat us, in short. “
The Celtics returned from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter and came out with five points, leaving 4:25. However, “Hit” closed the game on a 15-7 run to give them a 106-101 victory.
Although the Celtics could not keep a small gap, Stevens liked how his team played at a distance.
“I thought when we did that, we really played really well,” Stevens said. “Dragic hit two contested shots at Teida, one of them at the very end of the throwing clock when he threw it. We did a lot of good things in the last seven minutes. We just shot in the third.”
The Hit broke through its zone defense for most of the second half, allowing just 41 points after the Celtics scored 60 in the first half.
Stevens threw his hat on Heath, but was affected by the fact that the Celtics were able to cope with the zone much better in game 1.
“It’s hard to play with that,” Stevens said. “We played well against that in Game 1. We played at a much better pace than today. So, we’ll go back and look at it, find out if it was a technical thing, or a pace, or what was done, or not, as focused on the important thing. “
In the 25 plays that the Celtics played against the “heat zone” in the second half, they made only five shots and made five turns, according to Kirk Goldsberry from ESPN.
In the second half, the Celtics spent 5 shots and 5 turns in 25 games against the defense of the “Hit” zone.
h / t @ESPNStatsInfo
– Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) September 18, 2020
Tatum was noticeably one of those players affected by the zone. He made five turns and saw that his shot attempts were halved from game 1 (24) to game 2 (12) because he could not get an open look. He said he had to be “ready to fire” and “be able to shoot defenders, any daylight I get.”
“I want to. I knew,” Tatum said of how to fight the team’s fight against zone defense. “I have to watch the movie. I think we have to have a better interval. Many times we just weren’t in the right places. Be it against a man.” or zone, it won’t help. You always have to have the right interval to create a good move (and) a good shot. A gap spoiled a good team, a good defensive team. “
The Celtics have two days to figure out how to beat the Hit zone defense, otherwise they will go down 3-0 after Saturday’s 3rd game.
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