Monday, June 6, 2022

Warriors 107, Celtics 88: Jayson Tatum's 28 points was not enough in Game 2 loss [series tied, 1-1]

The Celtics came apart at the seams in the third quarter of Game 2, as they fell to the Golden State Warriors 107-88 Sunday night at the Chase Center and the NBA Finals are all tied up 1-1.

Jayson Tatum had a bounced back game offensively from his Game 1 performance of 3-of-17 with 28 points in 8-of-19 from the field and 6-of-9 from deep. But, there wasn't much else going for the C's outside of Jaylen Brown's 17 points (5-of-17 from floor) and Derrick White chipping in 12 (4-of-13) off the bench.

It didn't help matters much for Boston, who also coughed up 18 turnovers that were converted into 33 points for the Warriors in a 19-point loss.
"It's just kind of as simple as we've just got to take care of the ball," said Tatum in his postgame presser. "We've done it, and we're a really good team when we take care of the ball. But we have those lapses where -- snowball effect -- we pile on turnovers and dig ourselves into a hole."
The duo of Marcus Smart and Al Horford -- who together put up 44 points in last Thursday's Game 1 victory -- only managed to score two points apiece on a combined 2-of-10 shooting in Game 2.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 29 points on 5-of-12 from behind the arc, while Jordan Poole added 17 points off the bench for the Golden State, who are now 10-1 at home in the postseason.

Boston trailed 52-50 at the half, before being outscored 35-14 in the third period, while the Warriors held them to 4-of-17 from the field, including 2-of-8 from 3.

Golden State used a 19-2 run to close the quarter and take a 87-64 advantage into the final frame. The Celtics' deficit was as much as 29 points, as the starters were subbed out with 10:45 left to play.
"It is what it is," said Horford during his postgame comments. "Onto to Game 3 and I can't wait for the Garden because I know it's going to be rocking."
This best-of-7 series will shift to Boston with Game 3 scheduled for Wednesday night at 9:00 ET on ABC from TD Garden.  

Game Notes:

Boston made 37.5% of their attempts from the field, including 15-of-37 (40.5%) from behind the arc, while the Warriors were 45.3% from the floor and also 15-of-37 (40.5%) from 3. Golden State had 25 assists on 39 made baskets to the Celtics' 24 assists on 30 shots. Despite the C's outrebounding the Dubs 43-42, they were outscored in the paint 40-24.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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