Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka thinks his club is defending hard, but still need to be better on the offensive end.
(Via CLNS Media):
“Yeah, I mean, you look at the big picture, we’re defending well enough to win. It’s really some stagnant lulls offensively that have really hurt us. We’ll have a quarter or two or three of really good basketball, then have that quarter or two that really hurt us. That was the fourth quarter a few games ago. Even last game, once we got the lead, what we did well for the first 9, 10 minutes of the third quarter, we had a little bit of slippage at the end there that allowed them to get back in. For us, we want to focus on the offensive end, because I think we’ve guarded well enough to win. Game 4, if we finish the game off well, not that five-minute stint, we’d be in good shape. That’s our optimism. We’ve fought off three elimination games, won some Game 7s.
“But you can’t just rely on that, that we’ve been there. You have to do things well to start the game, not put ourselves behind the eight ball like we did last game. As confident as we are in the situations we’ve been in, we understand Golden State is a high-IQ, well-coached team that’s not going to beat themselves. You have to go out there and take it. For us, confidence always because we’ve been through it. But we can help ourselves and play better offense overall and not aid them with the turnovers. All the same little things we talked about throughout the series.”