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Scal: Celtics won't act like typical Game 1 winner in Game 2

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Scal: Celtics won't act like typical Game 1 winner in Game 2

The Celtics and Bucks play Game 2 of their best-of-seven series tonight. Boston won the opener, 113-107 in overtime, and people ask what teams do to prepare for the next game after the first has been played.

It's easy to anticpate how Milwaukee responded to the loss. But I'm not sure the Celtics reacted in the same manner of most winning teams. 
 
When a team loses and wakes up the next day, the intensity is much greater. The attention to detail is there. The coaches look at plays, look at opportunities from the first game, and show them to the players not only for them to learn, but for them to build confidence in themselves.

As for actual adjustments, they're definitely overblown. People think they're massive things that you do differently, but they could just be ways to attack a double team, or attack coverage on a pick-and-roll. Sometimes it's the smallest type of adjustment. For instance: Don't make a crosscourt pass. Or if you're Giannis Antetokounmpo and you go into the paint, know that when you spin they're going to be there so look for this particular play. 

Typically, athletes -- and I guess this would be across the board, but I really only know basketball players this way -- are very accustomed to having their back against the wall. They usually respond so much better, with so much more intensity, than when you win and complacency sort of seeps in.

Because a lot of teams, when they win, get a little complacent. And this is why you see the ups-and-downs of the NBA playoffs. When you win, you're feeling great. Film isn't as intense the next day; you celebrate the certain plays that you made, that were successful; maybe pick apart a couple of plays that didn't work out. It's a much looser enviornment.

But I don't think this will hold true with the Celtics.

Brad Stevens, in his postgame presser after Game 1 on Sunday, wasn't happy. He wasn't happy about the Malcolm Brogdon shot, a 3-pointer that tied the game at 96-96 with 10.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and he definitely wasn't happy about the Khris Middleton shot, a long 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded that sent the game into overtime. Because he understands those two plays are massive plays. I'm sure he was saying, "How did that happen? For us to get to where we want to go, plays like that cannot happen." 

So his intensity postgame -- to me -- didn't feel like that of a coach that just won. He seemed like a coach that wanted to get back on the floor and get back to correcting some of the wrongs. 

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Celtics' Enes Kanter posts hilarious, spot-on Tacko Fall impression

Enes Kanter remains on top of his TikTok game.

The Boston Celtics center took a break from eating marshmallows off a treadmill to share his hysterical impression of teammate Tacko Fall.

Watch his latest masterpiece below:


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That's about as accurate as it gets.

As much as it seems Kanter is making the most of quarantine life, he's itching to get back onto the court. He recently expressed concern about the NBA season potentially getting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which especially would be crushing since the C's are in the mix for a title.

You can hear more from Kanter in the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show" below:

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

Former Celtics star Paul Pierce wants in on virtual game of HORSE

A virtual game of HORSE? The NBA certainly is trying to get creative amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a HORSE competition involving "several high-profile players," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The competitors would take shots from their home gyms and have to match those of other players. 

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Will one of those "high-profile players" be former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce? It's possible, and he wants in on the competition.

The 10-time All-Star actually could make a splash in the competition -- he shot 44.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc in his 19-year NBA career. 

If the 42-year-old ends up competing in the competition, the only thing going against him would be his age. However, if he's anything like Tom Brady then he'll be just fine. 

With the NBA season on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a HORSE competition could be pretty fun to watch.