Boston Celtics failed again in the crucial final quarter of Game 5, costing them another NBA Finals win. For the first time in this particular series, Stephen and company have sealed back-to-back wins. On the other hand, Ime Udoka’s team went cold after an overwhelming performance in Q3.
The Boston Celtics are on the verge of losing the 2022 NBA Finals as the Warriors are just 1 game away from the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy. They will prepare hard for the upcoming Game 6 to extend the streak to the last game of the season and give themselves a chance in the finals. But Ime Udoka and the team are aware of the big problem that has cost them some key wins in the series – it’s their poor shooting in the fourth quarter. However, the Celtics totaled 20 points in the last 12 minutes of the game, they went 5-0 early in the 4th quarter and the Warriors had a 10-0 run, destroying any return route for the visiting team.
After a strong 3rd quarter, the Celtics looked in a better position to turn the game around, but poor star shooting and unnecessary turnovers left them behind the Warriors’ record. Unfortunately for Celtics fans, their team never caught up with the Golden State Warriors to the end, finishing the game 94-104 and now trailing in the series for the first time.
The Boston Celtics’ poor performance in the 4th quarter gave the Golden State Warriors an important win
Boston Celtics have played brilliantly in their wins; rather, their brilliant plays brought them impressive victories. In Game 1, as the Warriors attempted to seal the game by a huge margin, the Celtics’ strong 4th Quarter turned the tables. Similarly, in Game 3, the Celtics also managed to hold the Warriors back to just 11 points and surpass them by 12 points.
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But in Game 5, the Boston Celtics failed to get any shots started to start the 4th quarter and found themselves in a deep hole as the Warriors went scoring. The game was 75-74 at the end of the 3rd quarter and after just 3 minutes into the 4th quarter the Warriors had a huge 85-74 lead and forced an early timeout from Ime Udoka.
“For us it’s all about consistency” said coach Ime Udoka. “That’s what we don’t have throughout a whole game is consistent effort, sustained effort, more offensively than anything. That’s the part where we have to carry over not just game to game but quarter to quarter where we saw it happen in the third but not the fourth.
Jayson Tatum scored just 5 points in 10:49 in the 4th quarter and was 1-5 out of the field. Jaylen Brown also scored 25% in the 4th quarter, posting a team-high 5 points in the crucial 12 minutes of the game. They then missed seven down the line and return home for Game 6 on Thursday night after their first straight losses this postseason.
Al Horford also looked down on their shooting when he said: “I definitely think we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be during the time there. Just hard. In any case, we now have our backs to the wall and have to see what we’re made of.”
Interestingly, the Warriors were razor sharp in the 4th quarter, making 50% of their shots and having 0 turnovers. Celtics, on the other hand, had 26% shooting with 4 turnovers to hurt their chances in the game. A great play by Andrew Wiggins allowed the Warriors to dominate the color as they only edged the Celtics 18-4 in the 4th quarter. The Canadian star had 10 points total for the quarter, the same as Tatum and Brown combined.
Ime Udoka shed light on their poor show when he said: “When we’re at our best it’s a simple ball movement. I think the third quarter showed that. The drive and kick were beautiful, worked and got the guys shooting wide open. I don’t know if it was fatigue that affected the decision making a bit or if I just don’t have the physical strength to finish it.
The Warriors will get a look at the origin story, Stephen Curry has a chance to win his 1st NBA Finals MVP award and the Warriors will win their 4th title in 8 seasons when they visit TD Garden on Night 16. However, the Celtics will be looking to end their drought to give themselves a shot at their 1st title in 12 years.
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