NBA Finals: The Celtics could not get out of their way in Game 5, and now they are on the brink.

On Monday night, for the first time since the Celtics took over, Jason Tatum left Otto Porter Jr. behind, entered the lane and turned the ball to kick Marcus Smart. When Smart was open, Tatum’s pass was off target and rushed to the crowd for turnover.

Hours later, after the Boston Celtics lost Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, 104-94, and fell into the 3-2 series hole, Tatum sat down on the podium and said, “Everything is done.” Are saying For the entire post season:

“Yeah, we have to get better. It’s harder to beat when we don’t over the ball. Clearly, it’s easier to beat when we over the ball.”

Turnover was once again an important story for the Celtics. Not only could he handle the ball, he coughed 18 times, which reduced the Warriors to 22 points. In a low scoring game that is decided by just 10 points, these are the margins that change the outcome – and maybe the series.

For the finals, the Warriors converted the Celtics’ 78 turnover into 103 points. This is the third highest turnover point through the first five games of the finals since 1990. Through ESPN statistics and information. In the 32 years that followed, only the Chicago Bulls benefited from the opposing turnover in 1991 and 1992.

This is a complex issue for the Celtics, who are changing the ball at 16.3% in the finals. At about one in five, they’re not even giving themselves a chance to score, which is bad enough. As a result, they’re making it easier for Warriors to score at the other end, allowing them to play in transitions instead of a set defense.

This was the third time during the series that the Celtics have made 16 or more turnovers. They have lost all three games. For the entire playoff, the Celtics are now 1-7 when they change it more than 16 times, and 13-2 when they manage to stay below 16 turnover.

Of course, the Warriors deserve a lot of credit. They weren’t accidentally one of the league’s best defensive teams this season. They are smart, well-trained, and have increased intensity and pressure in recent sports.

“They’re a really good defensive team,” said Jillian Brown. “Discipline and strong. They forced us to do what we obviously don’t do best. All we have to do is continue to recognize the game, watch the game and make adjustments in the game. When the ball comes down.” Take care of him. Towards him. “

At the same time, so much of this turnover problem is the result of Celtics’ cheap and incomprehensible mistakes. Wrong passes, losing track of the court position, being careless with the ball, making poor decisions – these were all present in Game 5, just as has been the case throughout the playoffs.

In the middle of the second quarter, Tatem comes on the court, already 12 behind in a must-win game, and hits just one pass behind Robert Williams III. Dreammond Green takes it the other way and lines up for two free throws. Such games have nothing to do with other teams, and they cannot be in the NBA Finals.

Now for the third quarter, the Celtics are racing and on the road to victory. El Horford catches a rebound and runs into traffic on the floor and tries to dribble hand off on the run with Jillian Brown, despite the fact that the Celtics have no numbers. He handled the ball incorrectly and the Warriors wrapped up Clay Thompson with two free throws. There was no reason to force action. Once you see that you have no advantage, just make a smart play and rearrange the top.

“Another game with a lot of turnover,” Brown said. “It cost us dearly.”

The Celtics themselves were not in Game 5. Or, perhaps, they were, and that’s the problem. They could not get out of their way on Monday night, and now they are on the brink.