Jayson Tatum frustrated with Celtics' turnovers in Game 2 loss versus Celtics
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The Boston Celtics had another night filled with turnovers and Jayson Tatum didn't hide his unhappiness following the team's Game 2 loss versus the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics, who have been struggling with turnovers throughout the playoffs, had 18 turnovers in Game 2 as the Warriors claimed a 107-88 victory to tie the series to one game apiece.
Tatum himself didn't enjoy a great night as he finished the game with his worst-ever plus-minus - minus-36. Also, one of the big reasons for the Celtics' Game 2 loss was the their third quarter collapse. The Warriors won the third quarter with a 35-14 score.
"I think tonight, turnovers, and I think sometimes letting our offense affect how we defend, kind of was a little stagnant in the third quarter," Tatum said, per ESPN. "I feel like it translated on the defensive end, and they got going and hitting shots and things like that."
Tatum and company frustrated after failing to secure a 2-0 lead
The Celtics were aiming to win Game 2 and head back to Boston with a commanding 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Celtics, that didn't happen. "Yeah, it's definitely frustrating," Celtics guard Derrick White said. "I mean, we've talked about it pretty much the whole postseason. It's easy to talk about, but we've got to go out there and change something.
That was a big quarter for them and really a quarter that put us away." The Celtics have been troubled by two things throughout the entire playoffs - turnovers and collapses. "That's been an ongoing theme in the playoffs so far," Celtics coach Ime Udoka said.
"We've turned over the ball. Take teams out of scoring against us in the half court, give them some baskets. But it was more of the same in that third quarter. We had 11 for 18 points in that first half and gave up five or six more in that quarter.
Kind of blew it open, and that hampered our offense, as well." Going into Games 3 and 4, Jaylen Brown underlined the importance of winning in front of their home fans. "The past doesn't matter," Brown said. "Nothing in the past matters up until this moment, to be honest.
Everything that happened in the last series and the series before, who cares. Right now, we're here playing a different opponent, a different team, and we've got to look at it as such. We've got to come out and play our best version of basketball, because we're capable of doing it. So we've just got to come out and do that."