6/5—NBA Finals, Game 2, Celts at Warriors

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Devastate the Dubs with a soul-crushing second home loss and we’re halfway to #18.
 

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Let's see if the young bucks have the killer instinct. They could easily be content to take 1 of 2 on the road but the true championship legends of the past (Bird, Jordan, etc) would be hell bent on stepping on some throats in this game.
 

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After the slog that was the last two rounds, they have a perfect opportunity to bury them early. Let's fucking do it then figure out why they haven't played all that well at home up 2-0.
 

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Let's see if the young bucks have the killer instinct. They could easily be content to take 1 of 2 on the road but the true championship legends of the past (Bird, Jordan, etc) would be hell bent on stepping on some throats in this game.
Playing psychologist here but I feel this would be more likely with only one game off between games. Having two days off being in San Francisco preparing while knowing they have the ability to shut down the Warriors offense if they put in the effort may take away a little of that complacency you’d normally see. This isn’t a regular playoff series……they can see the finish line. Most people are assuming that Golden St and Curry win G2 by showing up. I think we could surprise a lot of people on the way to making this a super short series…….I’ll leave out the other word that also begins with the latter s.
 

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Playing psychologist here but I feel this would be more likely with only one game off between games. Having two days off being in San Francisco preparing while knowing they have the ability to shut down the Warriors offense if they put in the effort may take away a little of that complacency you’d normally see. This isn’t a regular playoff series……they can see the finish line. Most people are assuming that Golden St and Curry win G2 by showing up. I think we could surprise a lot of people on the way to making this a super short series…….I’ll leave out the other word that also begins with the latter s.
Agree with this take and I think the true test could actually be a home game 3 if they are up 2-0. At that point a win effectively ends the series. Hope we get to find out!!
 

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With apologies to Scott Mackenzie

When you're playing in San Francisco
Be sure to play some clamp-down defense there


lets get on with the summer of love

GO CELTS
 

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Playing psychologist here but I feel this would be more likely with only one game off between games. Having two days off being in San Francisco preparing while knowing they have the ability to shut down the Warriors offense if they put in the effort may take away a little of that complacency you’d normally see. This isn’t a regular playoff series……they can see the finish line. Most people are assuming that Golden St and Curry win G2 by showing up. I think we could surprise a lot of people on the way to making this a super short series…….I’ll leave out the other word that also begins with the latter s.
I don’t think the assumption is Golden State wins by showing up. I think most people expect Golden State to play like the more desperate team. We need to show we can play with desperation coming off a win and not facing elimination. It’s something we’ve struggled with the last two rounds. I agree with your point that seeing the finish line may change things. Let’s hope so.
 

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So let me get this straight. The Warriors played the first game of the Finals casually, and now they are going to play the second game with desperation?
 

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I feel like I've absorbed every possible take and attempt at dissecting G1, and in the end, what I've come down to is: Jordan Poole. For the Warriors to win, they have to be able to play Poole-Steph-Clay-Wiggins-Draymond and make it work. If they're afraid to play Poole and going instead with Porter Jr or Iggy or Loney in crunch time , they're just not going to have enough.

Given how horrible Poole was in G1, that feels like a great position for Boston to be. But the playoffs are full of bounce back performances from guys who seemed D-E-A-D, unplayable for games or even stretches of games (remember Ray Allen in 2008?). You never know.
 

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I think the Celts have to assume the Warriors come at them fast and furious and meet them with the same intensity and blunt them ASAP and demonstrate a relentless approach to defense that may take a little fast and furious out of the older legs..
 

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I feel like I've absorbed every possible take and attempt at dissecting G1, and in the end, what I've come down to is: Jordan Poole. For the Warriors to win, they have to be able to play Poole-Steph-Clay-Wiggins-Draymond and make it work. If they're afraid to play Poole and going instead with Porter Jr or Iggy or Loney in crunch time , they're just not going to have enough.

Given how horrible Poole was in G1, that feels like a great position for Boston to be. But the playoffs are full of bounce back performances from guys who seemed D-E-A-D, unplayable for games or even stretches of games (remember Ray Allen in 2008?). You never know.
I dunno. If Loney and Green pound the offensive glass, they really only need one guy other than Curry to shoot well: Thompson or Wiggins. And us not to shoot 40%+ from 3.

But screw that. Clean the boards. Don’t turn it over. Get JT going. And block 5 of Curry’s shots. Take 2 and head home!
 

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I dunno. If Loney and Green pound the offensive glass, they really only need one guy other than Curry to shoot well: Thompson or Wiggins. And us not to shoot 40%+ from 3.
Pounding the glass worked for stretches in Q3, but the Celtics seemed to adjust and commit to the boxout in Q4. It's hard to make a prolonged living off that approach— Loney and Green are good, but they're not late 80s Charles Barkley. And, with only one shooter on the floor around Steph to worry about, the C's completely clamped down on D in the 4th Q. Maybe none of those things will repeat, and/or the C's shooting will go south, but if I'm Kerr, I'm thinking we have to have more firepower out there.
 

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These guys have to realize how big this moment is as a win puts them in the drivers seat for s championship. If you come out flat in this game, there’s something wrong. To me, the defense is the most important part. Come out with the same intensity and discipline to lock down Curry as the 2nd and 4th quarters. Don’t go under screens. Limit them to one shot.

Offensively, keep making the right plays and trust your teammates to knock down shots. The chances of the 4th qtr shooting is obviously remote, but they have so many options that there will be a hot hand or two every game. I’m not worried about scoring points. Tatum will bounce back and enough scoring will come from role guys. They’ve earned that level of trust. What’s important is the defense and especially rebounding.

We are the better team. Now is the time to apply the lessons learned from the last two series. Step on the throat. Bring this back to Boston at 2-0.
 

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LFG.

Words are meaningless at this part of the playoffs. The teams and players know each other, the respective coaching staffs have all of the counters ready and everyone in the world understands the objective. Nobody needs our guidance and suggestions - if they do, they are in a bad spot. There is only one thing left to do...
 

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So let me get this straight. The Warriors played the first game of the Finals casually, and now they are going to play the second game with desperation?
Yes, and despite playing casually, the Warriors were still able to dominate the game for 41-42 minutes.

So all they need to do is be desperate for 6-7 minutes, and they'll be good.
 

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I truly hope that Dann...I mean Janos is right, but this Celtics team hates making things easy. I just can't decide if it's tonight or Wednesday that they take the foot off the gas.
No doubt. By far the most frustrating characteristic of this amazing team has been their seemingly predictable, lethargic, unenergetic play when the moment is there for the taking. Credit to their opponents of course, but as so many of you all have said for months, the only team capable of beating Boston is themselves. And they've done it numerous times throughout these playoffs. I'm hoping all that shit's behind them and they steamroll, ala the 2004 Sox.
 

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So let me get this straight. The Warriors played the first game of the Finals casually, and now they are going to play the second game with desperation?
I hope the Warriors play game 2 like they played game 1 (and with the same attitude that they took in postgame interviews), but the losing team always plays differently in game 2 and this Celtics team hates prosperity. I'm fully expecting the Celtics to go down double digits in the 1st quarter and to flirt with a blowout loss, but hoping for better.
 

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Keys to victory:

** Remove the “leave Curry open behind the arc in the first quarter” defense from the game plan.

** Let Draymond shoot from three.

** Let Jayson get so hot we call him French Fried PaTatum.

** Fat shame Kyle Lowry.

** Tell Derek White’s wife to have another baby.

** Force Theis to give Robert Williams one of his knees.

** Make sure Pritchard is our leading rebounder.

** Remind Grant Williams he shoots over 50% on corner threes.

** Have Smart keep calling him “Kiddie Poole.”

** Point out to Jaylen that it’s okay to get hot in quarters 1-3.

** Plug Al into the Juvenation machine between quarters.

** Deliver a Flagrant 2 to Tony Brother’s groin.
 

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Need to match their likely early burst again, and keep attacking on offense. Celts can win a lot of these matchups off the bounce and if they are disciplined about doing so they will take this one. Don’t fall back to perimeter passing and threes…and be who we are defensively.
 

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foot on gas, hand on throat
 

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The only player on the injury report for the Celtics is Robert Williams (questionable).

Iguadala, Payton Jr, Porter all questionable for Ws.
 

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The Celts haven't had a 2 game series lead since going into games 3 and 4 of the Nets series.

Let's change that tonight.
 

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So let me get this straight. The Warriors played the first game of the Finals casually, and now they are going to play the second game with desperation?
Since you can't prove it isn't true, it is.
Now please take your seat between Biif Boffo, Coach, Killer, Bloogie and Crappi and start spouting.
 

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Of the first two games, game two is the one I thought the Celtics had the best chance to win. I feel good about this game.
 

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So let me get this straight. The Warriors played the first game of the Finals casually, and now they are going to play the second game with desperation?
That’s the thing. I don’t feel they played casually at all. They played hard…..but they can’t defend the perimeter as our open looks went down and aside from Curry (Klay and Poole) have little scoring versatility. The return of Payton could help A LOT but it’s hard to say what he’s going to look like after a month off.

LFG……S-word!!!
 

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Whoosh. My bad.

I've heard actual takes like that this week, though...
Me too. Nobody giving us a chance tonight, and still a large majority holding onto their Warriors pick for the series. This is a Moneyball-level case of people holding onto their narratives despite the obvious evidence in front of them.