There is no way that the Boston Celtics are happy with how they performed during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Obviously, they weren’t satisfied with the final score, 104-94, which finds them in a major 3-2 deficit headed into Game 6 on Thursday night.
But the loss wasn’t that shocking when you recognize how poorly they were playing for much of the evening.
The Celtics had a lot of head-slapping turnovers in Game 5. Here’s 50 seconds of comically bad drives.
Tatum launching his first pass of the night into the crowd was a harbinger of what was to come. pic.twitter.com/gaBIZrDYeg
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) June 14, 2022
Again and again, Boston was looking like a totally different team.
They were sloppy, confused, and made some bone-headed choices.
Chris Forsberg created a lowlight reel of some of their worst moments, including Jayson Tatum tossing the ball into the stands in the opening seconds of the game.
The good news is that these are obvious mistakes, meaning they can hopefully be avoided in Game 6.
Fans of the Celtics are surely nervous about how Boston played in Game 5.
They looked like amateurs at many moments throughout the night.
This is not the Celtics that so many people among the NBA have fallen in love with.
It’s also not the sort of team that head coach Ime Udoka is happy with.
He has surely given them a stern talking to and that has likely had an impact on them.
Therefore, you should expect to see the team refreshed and refocused in Game 6.
Will that be enough to slow down the surging Warriors?
That remains to be seen, but the Celtics know their game plan: no more silly, stupid mistakes, limit turnovers, don’t panic and take misguided shots.
It all seems simple when you see it on paper but that’s a lot to ask of a team taking on the Warriors.