Streaky Celtics Hit Cold Spot at Bad Time in Game 5 Loss

 

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Boston Celtics could not make a 3-pointer to begin the sport and located themselves in a deep gap. Then they could not miss and turned the sport round.

But when the surface taking pictures failed them down the stretch, the Celtics had no reply towards the Golden State Warriors and now head house getting ready to elimination following a 104-94 loss in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday evening.

The Celtics went on an out of doors taking pictures rollercoaster journey by no means seen earlier than in the NBA Finals, changing into the primary group ever to overlook its first 12 pictures from lengthy vary after which the primary group to make eight straight from 3, in response to the Elias Sports Bureau.

They then missed seven straight down the stretch and head again house for Game 6 on Thursday evening after first back-to-back losses this postseason. The Celtics will look to show issues round and drive a decisive seventh recreation on Sunday again in San Francisco however will want way more consistency from 3.

 

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The scoreboard mirrored Boston’s outdoors taking pictures because the Celtics fell behind 16 factors early once they could not make a 3 after which turned issues round after Jayson Tatum and Al Horford made back-to-back 3-pointers halfway by the third quarter.

Marcus Smart added one other one after which Boston made its first 5 3-pointers in the third quarter — together with three from Tatum — and led 66-61 after a three-point play from Grant Williams.

The Celtics then missed their subsequent seven from lengthy vary with the important thing level coming at the shut of the third quarter when Jaylen Brown missed a pull-up with 6 seconds left and Boston was gradual to get again on protection, resulting in a buzzer-beater from 3 by Jordan Poole that gave Golden State the lead.

Boston’s frustration boiled over early in the fourth quarter beginning when Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer on a play the Celtics needed a push-off referred to as. Coach Ime Udoka, who obtained a technical early, obtained heated with official Tony Brothers throughout a timeout and it simply constructed from there.

Smart obtained referred to as for a technical foul of his personal on the subsequent possession after which was referred to as for an offensive foul on the inbound move and a delay of recreation warning. Poole made a basket at the opposite finish and Boston’s five-point from the third quarter became an 85-74 deficit.

By the time Tatum broke the late-game chilly spell, it was far too late for the Celtics, who spent a lot of the fourth quarter complaining.

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