Ime Udoka: If we were playing offense the right way, we would be up 3-1

Jared Weiss: Ime Udoka says while Steph Curry has had success against the Celtics’ drop coverages, Boston’s offense is the issue: “If we were playing offense the right way, we would be up 3-1, at least, right now.”
Source: Twitter @JaredWeissNBA

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Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Celtics’ Ime Udoka: “If we are playing offense the right way, we’d be 3-1” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/12/cel… – 9:04 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jayson Tatum says he’s looking to play more off two feet and less driving looking for fouls.
Tatum added, as Ime Udoka said, that looking for fouls isn’t working. Said he needs to “attack angles more instead of initiating contact and things like that.” – 4:50 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said that he “trusts what we’re doing on defense”. He emphasized that you can’t go after Stephen Curry the same way as other stars because the Warriors have a lot of other playmakers along with Curry.
Added that Curry has scored a lot in transition and off breakdowns. – 4:32 PM


Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
I’m looking forward to Ime Udoka inserting Derrick White into the starting lineup, Steph averaging 31-15-9 over the last 3 games and White taking home Finals MVP honors for his defense on Steph. – 4:31 PM


Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said as good as Curry has been, the Celtics would be up at least 3-1 in this series if they had just played offense the right way in every game. Sounds like they don’t want to switch up too much against Curry. – 4:30 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka: “If we were playing offense the right way, we would be up 3-1, at least, right now.” – 4:30 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said that the Celtics need consider more play-calls to get Jaylen Brown the ball late in games, so he doesn’t end up stuck off-ball so much
Udoka also said the Celtics as a whole need to not stand around so much and that Brown can also demand the ball more some too. – 4:29 PM


Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says while Steph Curry has had success against the Celtics’ drop coverages, Boston’s offense is the issue: “If we were playing offense the right way, we would be up 3-1, at least, right now.” – 4:29 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on preparing for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2: “In our wins and losses, they are scoring the same amount of points. So, a lot of it is reliant on our offense.”
Made the point that he feels like Boston’s defense is largely ok, but that the offense is inconsistent. – 4:28 PM


Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka is looking for stronger finishes from Jayson Tatum & wants him to finish off 2 feet so he can control the contact in the paint.
His missed layup off the cut over Klay in crunch time was the perfect example of that. He didn’t take a dribble to get on 2 feet & load up. – 4:24 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said the Celtics have been leaving covering Stephen Curry in PnR “up to our guards”. He added that since the Warriors bigs haven’t really been quick rolling, that Boston wants to make Curry play more in a crowd on those actions. – 4:23 PM


Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says the Celtics are hopeful Rob Williams can play tomorrow, and that they watched the film and never found a clear moment where he hurt his knee.
Looked like it may have happened landing from a contest around the 5 minute mark of the fourth quarter. – 4:22 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Rob Williams did tweak his knee during Game 4, but he doesn’t know when it happened.
Udoka added that Williams is “feeling better” with the days off and that he anticipates him being “good to go” for Game 5. – 4:21 PM


Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Robert Williams “didn’t do a specific thing” that bothered him before he started hobbling the other night. He’s feeling better and Udoka is optimistic he’ll be good to go in Game 5. – 4:20 PM


Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
We’ll hear from Ime Udoka momentarily, as the Celtics start media availability prior to NBA Finals Game 5.
Yes, I assume there will be some sort of update (non-update?) on Robert Williams. – 4:16 PM

More on this storyline

“I think the narrative gets shifted to Curry and what he’s doing,” Udoka said. “But in our wins and losses, they are scoring the same points. A lot has been reliant on our offense, to your point, in the fourth quarter. But even throughout the game, we had several opportunities, being up five, six, seven, and poor offense or turnovers let them back in the game. The difference in the game that we stretched the lead was we took advantage of those opportunities. We were solid. And against this team, anytime you run some poor offense, turn the ball over, live ball turnovers, let them get out, we know how quickly they can get back in the game.” -via ESPN / June 12, 2022

“I feel like they’re just disciplined. That’s where that maturity comes in,” Grant Williams said of the Warriors. “They’ve been here many times before, so they try not to beat themselves, even if they do have one or two breakdowns or turnovers that lead to open baskets, they still execute and do what they need to do… “I feel like that maturity side of things in the sense of like discipline and that’s where the difference has been, less so adjustments and everything else.” -via NBC Sports / June 12, 2022

“I feel like we haven’t been the most disciplined team this series between the two teams, but that’s something where we can improve and really make some improvements on,” Grant Williams says. -via NBC Sports / June 12, 2022

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