August 12, 2022

Celtics 54-64 Warriors, 7:57, third quarter

Curry makes a jumper to keep walking. Horford, also spun off, can’t score. Thompson hits another layup and yes, it looks like another Warriors third quarter.

Celtics 54-59 Warriors, 9:04, third quarter

The Celtics have the ball out of timeout. Looney is called for a foul after Tatum is overgrown with paint. He walks to the line and makes two free throws.

I don’t know what Robert Williams was doing there. Basically, he just set up Jaylen Brown for a secondary double team.

โ€” John Karalis ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (@John_Karalis) June 6, 2022

Robert Williams is not in good health. It just isn’t. I wonder if we see it closing anytime soon.

Celtics 52-59 Warriors, 9:21, third quarter

A Boston defensive breakdown allows Looney an easy peek at a junkyard. Brown throws another terrible pass, this time under heavy pressure, and on the other end Thompson finally hits a three and it will force the Celtics to call a timeout. Looking like another big Warriors third quarter: It was a 7-0 run out of nowhere.

Celtics 52-54 Warriors, 9:54, third quarter

Al Horford tries his first shot of the match. It’s not good, but nice to see it with the attempt. Brown and Curry attempt two non-ideal shots for no points.

Celtics 52-54 Warriors, 10:33 a.m., third quarter

Neither team can score to start their first possessions. Tough game for Thompson, who misses a jumper. Brown hits a layup for Boston and Curry hits one to regain the lead right away.

Start of second half

Celtics 50-52 Warriors, 11:47, third quarter

And Draymond Green is the one who started the Bad Turnover Squad in the third quarter.

@HunterFelt I see you’re on The Guardian’s Celtics cover tonight. I don’t understand much about basketball but, like the Bruins, I absolutely want the Boston team to win.#GoCeltics

โ€” Alison W (โ™ฟ๏ธโšพโ˜•โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒป) (@AlisonW) June 6, 2022

I’ll sum up the first half for casual fans: the Boston Celtics look like a superior team on offense and defense BUT they keep turning the ball over. The Golden State Warriors don’t look like their normal state, but they’re doing a fantastic job of capitalizing on the Celtics’ mistakes and thus have a two-point lead.

@HunterFelt all of these reversals threaten to remove barn-burner status. No doubt both coaching teams will use the break to stress the importance of good agricultural fire basics.

โ€” Homelessness advocate (@Roscommon_Cat) June 6, 2022

We’re virtually tied right now, two-point leads with 24 minutes remaining are nothing in the NBA, so my second-half prediction is very simple: which team will handle the ball in the next two quarters will be whoever wins.

Sometimes it’s just a game.

Al Horford did not attempt a shot in the first half. The last time that happened (in a game where he played at least 12 minutes in the first half) was… November 24, 2007, the 12th game of his career.

โ€” Alex Speier (@alexspeier) June 6, 2022

Maybe the guy who saved Game 1 in the second half? Also: he’s really good at not turning the ball over. I’m just going to suggest this for the Celtics.

Definition of Barnburner

Don’t say you didn’t learn anything from this liveblog. Courtesy of Merriam-Webster:

The “Barnburners” were one of two competing factions of the New York State Democratic Party in the mid-19th century. The name was “in allusion to the story of an old Dutchman who got rid of rats by burning down his infested barns”.

Sounds like what the Celtics are doing here with turnovers.

Half-time thoughts

So the officials simply decided to reward Draymond Green for picking up a tech earlier in the game by allowing him to get away with a second.

This team of referees has been totally inconsistent, but Boston’s problems are almost entirely theirs. It looks like it could either be up 10 points if they stop with the turnovers, or down 10 points if the Warriors offense fires as usual (other than the single 10-0 run).

Celtics 50-52 Warriors, end of first half

Celtics 50-52 Warriors, end of first half

Because the officials don’t want to kick Green out of a playoff game, they don’t call a double tech. Which is kind of cowardly, but I get it!

Brown is in play for three free throws. He misses the first, much to the delight of the Warriors faithful. He does the second and the third. The game is briefly tied, but once again the Celtics let the Warriors score late in the quarter, it would be Wiggins with the basket. The Celtics can’t respond in the few seconds they have left.

It could have gone better for both teams.

Celtics 48-50 Warriors, 54.3, second quarter

Green recovers another foul, his second personal. And we get a critique on the altercation here between Green and Brown.

If it’s a double tech, Draymond is out of here.

Celtics 48-50 Warriors, 55.0, second quarter

And now a foul on Smart, but it doesn’t put anyone on the line. Warriors can’t score on possession and Celtics throw it again. (Heard that before?) Of course, the Warriors respond with their own unforced rotation.

Messy game again!

The Celtics can’t do anything on offense here. Wiggins, however, can do it with a layup.

Celtics 48-48 Warriors, 2:18, second quarter

Brown throws the ball again, then Green makes them pay with his own sweater. Tatum, shooting much better than in Game 2, hits a shot to give the Celtics a lead. Briefly.

However, a foul from Horford puts Green on the line. He misses the first but ties the game with his second.

Celtics 46-45 Warriors, 3:16, second quarter

Derrick White is wide open for a three and he hits it! What would the Celtics do without him?

Celtics 43-45 Warriors, 4:02, second quarter

The Celtics win the ball out of the timeout and hit a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game.

Al hasn’t shot yet and it’s almost half timeโ€ฆprobably would be good to try and get him on the attack.

โ€”Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) June 6, 2022

The source is not unbiased but also not fake.

Email from Jonathan Eastwood:

I listen to the radio waiting to be seen at A&E, it sounds so complicated. Golden State needs a run with Steph back in the game because Boston won’t keep giving the ball away. Boston came back to play.

No, I think they can, in fact, continue to give the ball away, but you know how messy this game is.

Celtics 40-45 Warriors, 4:52, second quarter

Again: This looks like one of those games that’s immensely winnable for Boston, but they refuse to make it easy on themselves. The Warriors end a 7-0 run with a jumper, then make it a 10-point lead with a Wiggins three.

The Celtics are taking a time out trying to figure out why they keep doing this to each other.

Celtics 40-40 Warriors, 5:48, second quarter

Outside of the timeout, Curry settles things with a jumper and then rips off another bad Celtics pass that seemed to be thrown straight at him. He hits another three-pointer after that, just to make sure they’re made to learn from their mistakes. You can’t do that and expect to win this game.

@HunterFelt for your international readers, can we just clarify that a “barn burner” is a good thing? ‘Cause that doesn’t sound like a good thing…

โ€” Homelessness advocate (@Roscommon_Cat) June 6, 2022

It is a very good thing. This means an exciting contest. I’ve always assumed it had to do with musical events around the country getting so wild they metaphorically “burned down the house” (in this case a barn), but that could be a folk etymology.

Celtics 40-35 Warriors, 6:57, second quarter

White with a pull-up sweater. And then a three-pointer and that will be enough for the Warriors, who looked lost on that last defensive possession, to call their own timeout.

Celtics 35-35 Warriors, 8:11, second quarter

Bjelica, who made an appearance in the dying seconds of the opener, has another lay-up to tie the game. We could have a barn burner brew here.

Celtics 35-33 Warriors, 9:09, second quarter

Nemanja Bjelica is in the game and he scores to tie the game, briefly, but Robert “Time Lord” Williams, back in the game, hits a lay-up to put the Celtics back on top.

Celtics 33-31 Warriors, 10:00 a.m., second quarter

Wiggins misses a lay-up from close range. Thompson blocks White. Anyone want to score here? Thompson is missing a jumper. Finally, finally, Tatum hits a three to put Boston back in place and he now has 16 points.

Celtics 30-31 Warriors, 11:06, second quarter

Guess they’re calling Poole for trying to trip White. However, this does not seem to me to be an intentional act. They examine him and say he was just protecting himself. Probably the right call. After all that, Brown just misses the shot. They should have let this game continue.

Celtics 30-31 Warriors, 11:28, second quarter

And another Celtics turnover. Fortunately, White blocks Poole’s lay-up. Poole does something that gets him called for a technical foul which I don’t see here to be honest.

Once the Celtics decide to stop turning the ball around, they’ll run away with it.

โ€” Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck) June 6, 2022

Yes. But I agree with this tweet, I like the Celtics’ chances if they play with a little more focus. Sometimes, however, they only do this when the game is almost out of range.

Celtics 30-31 Warriors, end of first quarter

Oh, that’s more like Game 1. Tatum hits a three which Payton II immediately responds to. Tatum shrugs and hits a three-pointer himself. Oh and now it’s a contest, a contest that Poole is ready to play. He hits one.

Looney undresses Tatum but Curry ends up being the one to miss the first three. The bad start with Boston ends up making them lose their heads: Otto Porter Jr. steals a post from Derrick White and hands the ball to Curry who scores.

Boston’s unacceptable lack of composure to end the quarter: they should be up 7-8 points and not down one here.