NBA Playoffs: In Opening Series, Celtics threw Game 1 away and Warriors beat Grizzlies in their own game

For the days leading up to Sunday’s match against Milwaukee BucksThe Boston Celtics Ready for a different challenge than the one they just completed. unlike Brooklyn Networks, the Bucks are a huge, physical team, to defend first. While injuries often pressured Brooklyn to play three guards no more than 6-foot-3, Milwaukee responded khris middleton Injury starting three big players, nothing shorter than 6-10.

The Celtics had reason to trust their attack. Before serving the smaller nets that outstripped their peers by scoring 119.2 points per 100 possessions in four games, they scored 118.5 points per 100, the league’s second-best mark, during the last 43 games of the regular season, a period during which they went 33-10. Milwaukee has many top-ranked defenders, “but we feel like we’ve had favorable confrontations as well with some players,” coach Im Odoka said shortly before the first game.

Then Boston had its worst offensive game in over six months, opening the series with an ugly 89 points per 100 ownership. The Celtics’ single most rotten performance of the season was on October 22 against Toronto Raptorsa match in which they lost by 32 points and their fans booed them.

It’s something you have to understand mentally that you are going to take a tougher test every time you fetch the ball. Entering the stadium and feeling it is another thing.

“I think their body surprised us more than anything,” Odoka said after the 101-89 loss.

In a way, Odoka said, “It’s good to get this loser out of the way offensively — to lose a 12-point game when we played badly offensively I think bodes well for us.”

The Celtics’ half-court defense was a springboard. They protected the paint, forced Milwaukee to mid-range shots and caught it Giannis Antikonmo to 24 in a 9-for-25 shootout. However, they couldn’t find any rhythm when they got on the ball, at least until the fourth-quarter stretch in which they created a set of open 3s on back-to-back possessions, by which point it was too late.

Sometimes, they simply lost the good looks. Other times, they forced bad guys, both in paint (where they shot 10 vs. 31) and out of 3-point range (where they shot 18 vs. 50). But what Boston was doomed, however, was the outpouring of sales, many of which led to a spur of bucks.

In the first quarter, a bad pass from Jaylyn Brown 3 draws for Jrue holidayand two of Derek White led to a layup for Bobby Portez And catch-and-shoot 3 for Jevon Carter:

in the second quarter, Wesley Matthews And Grayson Allen 3 seconds wide open from 2 spins by Braun. The first was a misaligned engine in transition, and the second was a pocket pass card in a weak position:

In the second half, Holiday forced Smart to turn near the halfcourt, resulting in a cross from Portis; Hit the pull-up vacation 2 after Alhorford bobbin on pass; And Holiday hit another 3 draw after getting a pass from Horford intended Jason Tatum:

These clips represent eight of Boston’s 18 total turnovers and 21 of Milwaukee’s 27 total turnover points. The Bucks, meanwhile, have made 14 spins, and the Celtics converted them to just six points. RELATED SUBJECTS: Milwaukee had a 28-8 advantage in fast break points.

“That’s on us,” Brown said. “We have to be prepared for their physicality. They hit us in the mouth early and set the tone.”

Odoka, Brown and Tatum all said the Bucks “sped up” the Celtics, making it harder for them to get into their groups and pushing them toward poor decisions. Brown said Boston had to be the “smart team” going forward, while Tatum said the team “was very neglected” and needed to be more decisive.

“I don’t feel like we played with the best poise and composure in general,” Odoka said.

After ditching the home field advantage, the Celtics looked confident they’ll play more like them when they return to TD Garden on Tuesday. The Milwaukee’s size, height and commitment to edge protection make it difficult to score from inside, but they know they can destroy defense and create high-performance appearances as long as their spacing is proper and they make the correct readings. Under duress, this is much more difficult than it sounds.

“Playing in the playoffs isn’t easy, it takes focus, it takes execution,” Horford said, adding that the Boston team had been doing well in those areas until Sunday. “We just have to toughen up and be better.”

A few minutes in the third quarter of Golden State WarriorsOpening of the series against Memphis GrizzliesThe ESPN broadcast gave viewers a sneak peek at coach Steve Kerr’s rally.

“Five on the glass at a time,” Kerr told the players. “We’re keeping the acquisition game even, you can see – we’re taking a wide open look here.”

Draymond Green He was sent off near the end of the first half, but Golden State took the lead with a small run. To preserve it, the Warriors would need to keep hitting the glass and avoid giving Memphis too many extra chances.

The Grizzlies had the second-best record in the NBA in the regular season despite ranking 22nd in an offense on the half-court, in clearing glass. They didn’t just do so with grim victories. I formed the elite attack of the second chance points and the transition game. In the first match against Golden State, they didn’t gain their usual edge. Memphis attempted two more field goals than the Warriors, Golden State scored two more points in the second chance and both teams scored the same amount of points from turnovers. All this added up to 117-116 wins for the Warriors.

During that Post-match interview on NBC Sports Bay Area“One of the keys to this streak is the game of possession,” Kerr said. “We have to rebound, and we did that tonight. We’re past ’em 50-47. And we have to stay close to turnover and hope to win the turnover battle. In the regular season, they beat us in a game.” acquisition”. He noted that in one of their regular encounters – the Grizzlies’ 116-108 win on January 11 – Golden State attempted 18 fewer field goals than its opponent. “It’s hard to beat a really good team in this way.”

The Warriors have always been a killer in transitions, and this season they have forced their turnarounds at an above average rate. They were straight average on the offensive glass, and even that is a significant achievement compared to how they performed in this category earlier in Kerr’s era. In this particular match, though, they’ll smash the boards more aggressively, in order to reduce Memphis’ advantages on the sidelines.

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Stephen Curry Both made a 3-second bowler after Golden State recovered from its lost jumpers:

The Warriors even grabbed an offensive board on a missed free throw, an additional possession that ended with Wiggins scoring two of 56 points in the paint.

grizzlies star Ja Morante The press conference began with regret for all the second chance points they had given up: Garen Jackson Jr.. He said they simply had to “find a way to get to the ball”, even when Golden State shot in the deep 3s.

“Playing these guys, we understand we have to run more to the elbows to get the bounces,” Memphis D. Anthony Melton She said. “Go out first and hit them first because they have guys who love to recover and try to do 50-50 plays at a time.”

Ker Looney was taken to the bench in Game 5 of the first round of the Golden State Series against Denver Nuggets, to replace the smart position with the rookie Paul. Payton took Paul’s place in the starting lineup against the Grizzlies, and Looney played just six minutes before Green was sent off. Even when warriors play on a small scale, the coaching staff expects them to fight on boards.

“It takes all of our guards to step in and make sure they get out and chase after the bounce,” Kerr said.

Golden State needed every extra chance they could get with one of their stars limited to 17 minutes, and Payton came in with four attacking planks, Poole and Wiggins three each. If a nearly level game of possession is a victory for the Warriors trying to follow Kerr’s game plan, then a tight win is. Now Memphis is left to deal with how it missed a massive opportunity.

“They can’t be allowed second chances or any open appearances,” Morant said. “And they pretty much made us pay for it.”