Celtics Look to Respond to Adversity in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals Against Heat

The Boston Celtics are looking to capitalize on their habit of responding to adversity in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Celtics Center Robert Williams III, however, noted that Boston "can't keep relying" on their ability to bounce back. The team has had difficulty maintaining consistency at home all playoffs, going 10-10 since last postseason, including 4-4 this year.

Following their Game 1 loss, Coach Joe Mazzulla highlighted the need for discipline and consistency heading into Game 2. He also discussed his decision to start a double-big lineup featuring Robert Williams and Al Horford, noting, "Each lineup presented things that did well." He added that the team must be "flexible" with its rotations, expressing trust that "anyone we call on will be ready."
Mazzulla explained his decisions to play guard Payton Pritchard over forward Grant Williams, citing Pritchard's shooting, playmaking and pick-and-roll defensive abilities.