The Miami Heat shocked the Boston Celtics on Friday night, again beating that team 111-105 at TD Garden in Boston.
The Celtics are now down 0-2 in the series as it heads to Miami for the next two games.
It’s clearly not a situation the Celtics wanted to be in, and star Jayson Tatum acknowledged that when speaking to the press.
Calling the situation “tough” and “a challenge”, Tatum said he still believed his team could turn things around.
“We’re not dead or anything, we have a great opportunity. I’m still pretty confident, ”he said confidently.
Asked if he believed his team could win four out of five games in this series, Tatum smiled and said quietly, “Yeah.”
“We still have full confidence”
Jayson Tatum Says Celtics Still Believe They Can Comeback Despite Being 2-0 Down Against The Heat pic.twitter.com/hw088oLjfg
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 20, 2023
Tatum had 34 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists during Game 2, leading his team in points and rebounds.
But this was not enough.
The Heat have done what so many teams have done throughout the playoffs: they have been able to outscore and beat others even on their home courts.
Even though Miami is the eighth seed, they are proving to be quite the force in the playoffs.
Over the past few weeks, the Celtics have made several missteps.
In this series and the one before it, Boston made defensive plays and faced a lot of missed opportunities at the basket.
This has some fans worried whether he really has what it takes to get back on track.
If they continue to play like before, they will not be able to win this series.
Heat fans are going to be rowdy and ready to cheer for their team in Games 3 and 4.
Will the Celtics be able to correct their mistakes and claim a decisive win on the road against a team that continues to rise?
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