Celtics' Coach Credits Simple Strategy for Reducing Turnovers in Game 4 Win

The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-102 in Game 4, taking a 3-1 series lead. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, helping his team secure a seven-point victory.

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Celtics' Coach Credits Simple Strategy for Reducing Turnovers in Game 4 Win

Celtics' Coach Credits Simple Strategy for Reducing Turnovers in Game 4 Win

The Boston Celtics are one win away from their third consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearance after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-102 in Game 4, taking a 3-1 series lead. Despite a hard-fought win, the Celtics struggled with turnovers in the first half, committing 10 that resulted in 16 points for the Cavaliers.

However, in the second half, the Celtics reduced their turnovers, which coach Joe Mazzulla attributed to a simple strategy: "passing to the guys with the green jerseys." This approach helped the Celtics survive a late Cavaliers run and secure the win.

Mazzulla emphasized the importance of poise and making the right pass, stating, "Literally, just pass [to the right team]. Balls are getting deflected and thrown out of bounds -- just pass. That's it. That simple. I'm being dead serious. Just stay spaced and make the right pass." The Celtics took Mazzulla's advice to heart, limiting their second-half turnovers and securing a seven-point victory.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, his second consecutive 33-point performance. Jaylen Brown added 27 points, making 9 of 15 shots and 7 of 9 free throws. Jrue Holiday helps with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block, playing a crucial role in the Celtics' victory.

The Celtics' duo of Tatum and Brown combined for 60 of the team's 109 points, marking the 15th time they have accomplished that feat. Tatum's 16 points in the first quarter were the most he has scored in any quarter this postseason and the most he has ever scored in the opening quarter of a playoff game.

The Celtics will look to close out the series and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals on their home floor on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers, despite playing without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, kept the game close and will look to force a Game 6. Game 5 is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at TD Garden, with NBC Sports Boston's Celtics pregame live coverage starting at 6:00 p.m.

Key Takeaways

  • Celtics defeat Cavaliers 109-102, taking 3-1 series lead.
  • Celtics overcome 10 first-half turnovers, reduce mistakes in second half.
  • Coach Mazzulla credits "passing to the guys with the green jerseys" for win.
  • Jayson Tatum leads Celtics with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.
  • Celtics aim to close out series in Game 5 at TD Garden on Wednesday.