Marcus Morris thought his defense on LeBron James was s—, Jaylen Brown said his lack of offensive aggression was embarrassing, and Al Horford admitted the Boston Celtics were out of sync after the team digested film Sunday of their lopsided Game 3 loss to the Cavaliers.
But Celtics players were also adamant that they expect a much different effort when the two teams meet in Game 4 on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET).
That [Celtics] team we saw [in Game 3], I’m 100 percent sure it won’t be the same team on Monday, Morris said. After watching film, Authentic Marreese Speights Jersey we did a lot of things that caused us to be in the position that we’re in. I said before, control the controllables, and we didn’t do that.
Celtics players were loose while going through a light workout at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon, eager to move on from an embarrassing effort that trimmed their lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.
Elite Trevor Williams Jersey Thompson’s defense on Horford mirrored the Cavs’ defensive effort as a team, as they contested 76 percent of the Celtics’ shots in Game 3, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information, compared to just 58 percent on the shots they contested in Games 1 and 2.
We saw it on film how the lack of communication was horrible. Basically, it was embarrassing, Thompson said. We know with this team. They move the ball a lot, and we’ve got to be prepared to move ball and move bodies. We did that tonight, and we’re going to need that same effort, but probably even more in Game 4.
The fans weren’t apprehensive. We gave them something to cheer about, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.
It isn’t just the fans that exude a different vibe than in previous postseasons. This Capitals team has shown a resilience that has been missing in previous incarnations during the Ovechkin era. Take, for example, their first-round rally from an 0-2 hole against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Or losing Game 1 against the Penguins but then closing out their first series win against Pittsburgh since 1994 without injured center Nicklas Backstrom or suspended forward Wilson. Or this Game 6, with their backs against the wall.