Jo Jo White: Celtics 'did everything but execute'
(NECN) - What went wrong for the Boston Celtics in game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night in Boston? Former Celtics great Jo Jo White tells NECN's Chris Collins, "They did everything but execute down the stretch." White says the Green got away from playing defense, and the ...
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Doc Rivers believe the Celtics will be a good road team again but that's a lot easier said than done game three tomorrow night in the motor city. -- to look back on last night and take a look ahead. Series shifts to the -- -- -- -- Jo-Jo white Celtic great -- always play tonight press. Your up close and personal with those guys we see it just about courtside every single game what went wrong last one it's not come together in the. Well we did everything. But excuse down straight. And it's about. Executing what you're trying to do in the bowl to where you want you to enhance of those scores and you want to have the ball. And we fail to execute when it came time for us to get back in the game. Is that because Detroit's defense -- yes. A level better than I was saying well Leone very adequate defense team you don't call that no absolutely not gonna call great you know. Oh good -- I won't say they're great if they were great they would want every year. Yes wearing greatness is intact. If you play -- you you know -- -- This team has yet to define. And go to war in these names who stepped forth to refine there as you know Detroit has been there done that they want to play in the high eighties. All I think there is looking to the series. And feel we -- recognize that. You know we're gonna still be in the fall -- you know in the senior. Celtics look back out steps low one last. That's something that hasn't been typical of the -- just looked a little bit. Well they wear you know game you know everybody has assignments on the floor all of -- when you are defending shoes like -- rip Hamilton. You have to you have to beat him around the -- Because they're moving the ball and not put -- we put -- on the floor to move the ball and allows the defense to catch up with us. They're moving the ball without having to -- So they're moving from one side to the other in their shooters and -- wide open looks. A huge play the game about eighteen seconds ago they at three seconds on the shot clock. And they allow a layup off an inbounds pass how does that. There -- capable athlete. They've been there done our young teams and our team young team but this team is the first year for. So their learning on their feet that's what people -- -- older guys but -- team. Absolutely. You know they achieved only individually but they've done nothing collectively so what you're seeing is a product. In the process. As we go how good can they be. We don't even know. See each and every night they go out the field that they have the capabilities of doing all these things. Thus far they have not been forced to went on the road now one of Levine but it would on the road can't that would. -- I think doubting and questioning themselves. They want on the road all season but see now we're in the play elsewhere in the playoffs. It's either as a whole total different kind of -- It's not like you see a team one night in the you'll see union went to two weeks later. You look at the same team night in night out source about the team that makes the very subtle adjustments that you end up. Be victorious at the end so as we go we will see. You know the character of this team and they win on the road yes we have the capabilities of Monroe they just have to execute. In executing these guys up the best guys other than peers who's been executing buying. Garnett same story they need to find other. I think I look at look at Detroit they'll look at five guys you know they put up the starting lineup who can score twenty on any night. Absolutely if you look at opposite the -- beat three. Last that it was once again update after the it's been a big two but now it's a victory in the. And they all scored in the twenties but yet still we lost. So defensively. UC even though ray wasn't scoring points offensively. We will all plan defense. You know we got away from defense wins. Today's score a lot of points but you have to be able to make some starts in -- the good team expected Detroit's. Who understand how to exit -- to get the ball to where they need to give it to we have to do a better job. Or individual assignments or call three. Their shooters on the for an. Rip Hamilton. Rip them up last nine the guards Stuckey came off the bank team rip them up last night it was just a lot of guys getting good quality looks. And Agassi's it's -- surprise because during the season there were a lot of people getting good quality looks not like bat. Well that's because on individual assignments they would get in over their picks in being up on the shoes. You know who can shoot the ball we were a little late getting to. The rules and how much goes back to place seven games like seven games and then coming -- playing this Ares are tired. A lot of it I mean reading we can be overrated as an excuse. But seeing you still have to go out and play the game and we can give you all the excuses in the world as to why are we lost that game. Gutsy effort has to do you think the team -- all of these things but still in order to win the best out of seven. You've got to get past all this. -- can we win on the road that's of course and more to and we gonna find that. Character lies these guys -- basically. Finding out what type of activity do you have salute him as it was a learning as we go will they learn quick enough before this thing comes to a concluded. Where where was it. You know doing that first -- and adversity. Character comes out. NC to find out what the character of the true character of this team we'll find out Gholston -- an adverse position. They've won on the road all season but can they win on the road in the playoffs. Now they have to they don't have any -- security. That they had of having home court advantage is now well. So we have to just like dad the series came into their building and beat them they have the capabilities postage -- to do in the season to -- on their turf. In wins -- over that too. What's the best opportunity. When he's -- -- -- I would go with him tonight I mean tomorrow night. And if you don't you've got -- -- is I would say while there are nesting in posting in their victory against us this is back jumbled.