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Boston Turnovers: How Celtics Lost Must-Win Game

One glaring Celtics issue cost Boston and put the Warriors on the precipice of another championship.

The Boston Celtics lost Game 5 by a score of 104-94. They managed to fix their third-quarter woes but got trounced in the final frame, 29-20. This game doesn't need a detailed analysis from an NBA coach. There are a few (arguably only one) reasons the Celtics lost and they are simple. Let's look at the simplest.

Turnovers And Celtic Mistakes

There are a few statistics I want to throw out there before I address the turnovers. The Celtics outrebounded the Warriors, 47-39. The Celtics had more trips to the free-throw line by more than double, 31-15. The Celtics even managed to hit more three-pointers than the Warriors, 11-9. How do you beat a team in those three categories and still lose by 10 points?

Turnovers. That's all. That's the ball game.

BostonGolden State

Turnovers: 18

Turnovers: 7

Points Off Turnovers: 22

Points Off Turnovers: 9

The Celtics allowed more than twice as many turnovers and points off said turnovers than the Warriors did. The points differential there could have won the Celtics the game. 

Speaking of rough Celtic play. Jaylen Brown had 5 turnovers and 18 points on 18 shots. He shot 5-18. Having a bad shooting night happens, but giving the ball away that much and having a bad shooting night is hard to forgive. Jayson Tatum had a nice night, scoring 27 points and shooting 50% from the floor. The rest of the starters had okay games. Guess who didn't have a good game? 

The Celtics bench 

The bench for the Celtics had 10 total points on 2-11 shooting. That's brutal. We'll visit the opposing team's bench momentarily. 

The Celtics can't allow that many turnovers to the Warriors on a night where Stephen Curry didn't have his A-game and expect to win.

The Warriors

If you told Steve Kerr before the NBA Finals started that the Warriors would win a game in which Steph Curry went 0-9 from beyond the arc, he would probably predict a sweep. Curry struggled, scoring 16 points on 7-22 shooting. As far as who stepped up, you're probably thinking Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole. You would be half right. Thompson had 21 points on 7-14 shooting and Poole had 14 points in only 14 minutes. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 26 points on 12-23 shooting. He threw up a goose egg from beyond the arc, but he led the Warriors in rebounds with 13 boards. 12 of those rebounds were on the defensive end. It may not show up in the stat sheet, but Wiggins taking away second-chance points from Boston is a huge effect.

Wiggins also put the game to bed with this exclamation point dunk.

Wiggin's NBA career is on the precipice of achieving what he wanted from the start—a championship ring. The former 2014 number one draft pick came up huge in Game 5.

Last Notes

The Warriors have another championship knocking on their door. Steph Curry had a bad shooting night. The likelihood of this repeating in Game 6 is slim-to-none. Dollars to donuts, Curry is going to rain down jumpers and the Warriors are putting this baby to bed.