Boston’s Game 2 loss to the Warriors could be attributed to many things. One of which would be their trouble with cutting down on turnovers.
Boston turned the ball over 18 times on Sunday, with Marcus Smart (5), Jayson Tatum (4), and Jaylen Brown combining for 11 of those turnovers. The Golden State Warriors made the most of those extra possessions and scored 33 points off Boston’s turnovers.
“Turnovers are a big part of the game, especially when you see how many times we turned it over and how many points they scored off that,” Tatum said during Boston’s media availability ahead of Game 3. “You just think if you could limit those turnovers, you could limit a lot of those points. Basically, don’t turn the ball over; give ourselves a better chance to win.”
“It’s not rocket science. So it’s just a matter of doing that more often than not.”
We’re placing an emphasis on limiting turnovers as we prepare to bounce back in Game 3. pic.twitter.com/cmFLDdOCKl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 7, 2022
When asked about Boston’s game plan for Wednesday’s Game 3 in Boston, Brown suggested that changing the spacing will be a point of emphasis.
“I felt like I got a lot of good looks,” Brown said. “Some didn’t go down, but I felt like I got a lot of good looks. We looked at the tape, got some points of emphasis for the next game: spacing, setting screens, etc., just to clear a little more space out, but I felt like I got some pretty good shots. It didn’t go in, but I’ll be ready for Game 3.”
Jaylen Brown said the Celtics turnover problems have a common thread: Spacing. Suggested changing the spacing is an emphasis for Game 3.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 7, 2022
The NBA Finals have shifted to Boston for Games 3 and 4, with Game 3 scheduled for Wednesday. The Celtics are 5-4 in TD Garden and 8-3 while on the road.