After a torrid start to their Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics fell flat in Game 2. The Cs simply couldn’t keep up with the Dubs’ physical defense, as they head into Boston with a 1-1 record. It was a poor showing for many of the team’s key players.
After the game, Jayson Tatum talked about a rather controversial topic in the post-game presser. The Celtics star believed that his team wasn’t given a fair chance by the referees to respond to the Warriors’ physicality. Here’s Tatum’s thoughts on the officiating of Game 2 (via Keith Smith).
Jayson Tatum said the Celtics "didn't get the benefit of the doubt" when they tried to match the Warriors physicality."
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 6, 2022
Watching the game, there were a few questionable calls against the Celtics. A ghost foul on Jaylen Brown stands out as a clear example. The Cs didn’t do themselves any favors, though, with the way they performed throughout the game.
Jayson Tatum shot significantly better in Game 2, but the Celtics star posted a career-worst -36 in the game too. Al Horford and Marcus Smart were absent after playing a key role in their Game 1 matchup. Brown couldn’t keep up the momentum he had going after earning his second foul of the game. The Cs also had trouble keeping the ball in their possession, as they committed costly turnovers throughout the entire contest.
The Celtics are going to need to go back to the drawing board in Game 3. They will have home-court advantage in the next two games, but this loss has certainly shook this young team. We’ll see how they’ll adjust to the Warriors in Game 3 to get a massive 2-1 series lead.