WALTHAM, Mass. – The Boston Celtics know that they have not played far from TD Garden this off-season, but they are not too worried about these road issues when they prepare for Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals
The Celtics are 9-0 in the postseason at home, but only 1: 4 on the way, their only victory came in the overtime triumph of Confetti Games in Philadelphia in round 2.
Boston players were peppered with questions about their street fights after training on the Thursday, but sounded confident in their ability to keep the momentum from two wins at home to start this series with the Cavaliers.
"My reaction is that I can not wait for Game 3, and I'll just leave it at that," said Jaylen Brown, who moves forward in the second year He is one of only four players left over from last year's team that won Game 3 in Cleveland last year.
"I think we're pretty confident, just as confident as we are at home," Brown added. "It definitely makes a difference, whether you're on the street or at home, just the energy disparity, at home is the energy for you, it's against you, but when you're doing what you're supposed to do and you're who you are It will show whether at home or on the move. "
The Celtics' offensive rating drops 12 points per 100 possessions on the road, dropping from a robust 111.9 at home to a meager 99.9 on the road. And Boston's defensive rating rises from 101.1 to 109.3.
Above all Boston is struggling with a reserve team that has struggled to beat games from home. The Boston starters hit 45 percent in the postseason this season, but bankers have turned just 33 percent (or nine percent more than at home bankers).
Celtics substitute Marcus Smart expects better performance from the bank in Cleveland
"We did not play well, we understand that." We understand other teams are seeing this and trying to exploit it, but that's it Nice at this game, "said Smart. "Just take a game, you never know, things are changing, our confidence is high, who knows, we'll start with a game plan and try to do it as well as possible."
Celtics Players Granted, they were surprised by the intensity of the road as they lost Game 3 of their preliminary round series to the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston players are ready for what's expected in Cleveland with the Cavaliers facing a situation they absolutely must win.
"We can not afford to be surprised this time," said Smart. "We understand that. We're just trying to make it as hard as possible for these guys to win a game and run every fixture [coach] Brad [Stevens] did it for us.
" We have to be the one that hits first. If you go into someone else's house, you can not let them get hold of it first. It will be hard for us. So we have to come out as hard as possible and strike first.
The Cavaliers dropped Game 1 against Indiana in Cleveland to start the playoffs, but have won five at home.
Asked about Boston's game this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens is in the lead this season. " I like the one we won. I did not like the rest.
Stevens added, "We had our moments, but we were not as consistent as we need to be to gain more. We really need to be focused, really locked up, really consistent. It is even more difficult to communicate on the street. You have to communicate great. Our coverage changes depending on who is on the ground with us and what we want to achieve. So our boys have to be really good and there is no reason to think that they will not do it. They are locked up.
The Celtics had one of the league's best road records during the regular season and believe they have shown they can play some of their best basketball outside TD Garden Boston won an East-best 28 games (19659002) "That's us," Brown said, "It was not Monday or Tuesday or Tuesday to Friday – every day we put our hard hat on the defensive. Each game of the season we tried to maintain the same level of consistency, and I think that's why we've been leading the regular season [East during the] away. "What advice would Brown give him after winning teammates in Cleveland in the postseason?"
"Just breathe, man," Brown said, "Just take every breath, relax, turn off what's real and what not, come out and do what you have to do, drop the chips where they are allowed. "19659021]