Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Boston Celtics came out with some decent energy, shots didn’t fall, an opposing player got hot, and the Celtics turtled for about 18 minutes before erupting for a monster comeback that fell just short.
“We have to figure some things out. We gotta find some resolve quicker,” Brad Stevens said. “They played a hell of a game. They took us out of it, and they forced us, you know, because that's probably our reputation, to not respond for 10 to 12 minutes. And that changed the game.”
Luka Doncic had some God-level makes. They were just flat-out ridiculous shots that had no business going in, yet somehow they swished.
But yet, they easily could have won this game. They missed shot, after shot, after shot and had a chance
“We got to the rim multiple times and had beautiful kick outs. Great attempts at finishes we didn't make a lot of,” Stevens said. “But the game rewards the way you play all the way through both ways. That was probably a little bit of the game being honest with us.”
Kemba Walker missed a 3-pointer down 7 with 6:40 left, which led to a Dorian Finney-Smith 3-pointer to push the lead up to 10. Boston followed that up with a Jayson Tatum offensive foul and a 3 second violation.