Jakarta (ANTARA) – Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said he accepted the fact that his team had to go through a tough road after losing 97-107 against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth game of the NBA Finals at TD Garden, Friday (10/6) local time.
This made the Celtics fail to take advantage of the home game and throw away the advantage they had in the final series which is now tied at 2-2.
“We have to do it the hard way,” Udoka said after the game, quoted from the NBA’s official website on Saturday.
“We have to do it again. Of course there is a possibility that we will have an easier way if we win tonight. But now it is 2-2. We know we can do it, we have done it,” he added.
This is indeed not the first time the Celtics have found themselves in a 2-2 position, considering that in the previous two series the same thing happened after smoothly passing the Brooklyn Nets 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
In the semifinals and finals of the Eastern Conference, the Celtics were forced to struggle through a fierce seven-game battle to get past the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
The difference is, in these two series, the Celtics always trailed 1-2 after the first three games before equalizing 2-2 and continuing to struggle to win the series, while this time they threw away the 2-1 advantage they had over the Warriors.
In the fourth game, the Celtics paid a heavy price for Udoka’s decision not to double-mark Stephen Curry and the Warriors star scored 43 points, including seven three-pointers.
In contrast, the best performing Celtics, Jayson Tatum, only ended up with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
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