The Boston Celtics suffered a blowout loss in Game 2 versus the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum blamed the big number of turnovers for their loss. In Game 2, the Celtics committed 18 turnovers and the Warriors made them pay for that as they earned a 107-88 victory to even the series to one game apiece.
Tatum finished the game with a team-high 28 points but shot 8-of-19 from the field and committed four turnovers. "I think tonight, turnovers, and I think sometimes letting our offense affect how we defend, kind of was a little stagnant in the third quarter," Tatum said, per ESPN.
"I feel like it translated on the defensive end, and they got going and hitting shots and things like that."
Tatum finished with the worst plus-minus of his career
Even though Tatum scored 28 points, he had a minus-36 - which was the worst plus-minus of his career.
The Celtics were down by just two at the halftime but suffered a stunning collapse in the third quarter as the Warriors won that quarter with a 35-14 score. "Yeah, it's definitely frustrating," Celtics guard Derrick White said.
"I mean, we've talked about it pretty much the whole postseason. It's easy to talk about, but we've got to go out there and change something. That was a big quarter for them and really a quarter that put us away."
This postseason, the Celtics have been struggling with turnovers and at times they tend to suffer stunning collapses. "That's been an ongoing theme in the playoffs so far," Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. "We've turned over the ball.
Take teams out of scoring against us in the half court, give them some baskets. But it was more of the same in that third quarter. We had 11 for 18 points in that first half and gave up five or six more in that quarter. Kind of blew it open, and that hampered our offense, as well."