San Francisco: Celtic fans are afraid of these two words: It is closing in on the phrases of Bill Buckner, Deflate gate and Babe Ruth Trade that send chills through fans in greater New England.
Officially the Celtics are not a bad team in the third quarter. In the regular season, they had a plus-2.6 scoring differential in the third quarter. In the playoffs, it dropped to minus-0.8, but not a terrible number.
Lately, though, some third quarters have been really catastrophic. Milwaukee 34-17 Blitz resisted them in Game 3 of the conference semifinals.
39-17 defeated Miami beat Boston in Game 1 of the Conference Final. In Game 1 of the final, Golden State beat Celtic 38-24 in the third quarter.
Boston 40-15 came forward with a surprise win for the Warriors in the fourth quarter. The Celtics, playing with fire again in Game 2, allowed Golden State to run 35-14 in the third quarter, extending the two-point halftime lead to 23.
This time, however, Boston could not assemble, allowing the Golden State as well. Series with 107-88 wins. “It’s disappointing," said Celtics coach Time Judoka.
Definitely disappointing," said Derrick White. For the Golden State, Sunday felt therapeutic. For three days the Warriors heard that Draymond Green simply called it "noise." How Golden State took a four-quarter double-digit lead in Game 1
How Stephen Curry's first-quarter blast after the Dubs offense was suppressed by a swarm of Boston defenses. It's about how Engine Green missed 10 of his 12 shots.