Marcus Smart says Celtics are ready to respond to the physicality of Warriors in Game 3: ‘fire with fire’ killer

Increased fitness for Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals, which the Golden State Warriors convincingly won to tie the series up with the Boston Celtics, was a major talking point in the following days. Draymond Green’s ability to adjust the tone/dispositions depending on which side the focal point is on was.

In the first game of the game, Green met Al Horford away from the three-point line and forced the ball to jump. He carried that strength throughout the match, and was instrumental in the Warriors’ team victory. At the same time, he again came close to crossing the line and hurting his team. He made a technical foul in the first quarter after entering with Grant Williams, and could have made another foul after an incident with Jalen Brown in the second quarter.

While Green is well aware of the fact that he plays with fire sometimes, he told reporters on Tuesday that he feels it is his responsibility to play hard and give his team the edge. His full response:

“I just thought [the physicality] It was something we needed to bring. You get to the NBA Finals, body and strength is important. It’s just something you have to bring to this game.”

“I thought when I looked back at Game 1, when I saw the movie and even how I felt, I didn’t think they felt enough. You can’t get to this point, to this level, the reason you lost is because the team didn’t feel you. That’s a shame. You have to lose. Once you reach that level because the team was better than you.”

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I was going to go through the summer and lose the NBA Finals because we couldn’t stand the strength with the strength. So I guess that was kind of for me and understanding that, like I said, that’s my department. That’s where I’m from I’m supposed to drive in it, and I can’t let my comrades down.”

The Celtics didn’t seem prepared for how physically demanding the Warriors would be in Game 2, and they collapsed in the third quarter. After the game, Jason Tatum issued a brief complaint that the Celtics “didn’t benefit from skepticism” when it came to physical play.

But if there was one thing that stood out about the Celtics’ post-season race, it was that they received a response to every bit of the ordeals they encountered along the way. So far, they’re perfect 6-0 after a loss, and they’ll be looking to achieve 7-0 in Match 3. To get the job done, they know they’ll have to physically match the Warriors, and they’re willing to do just that.

I mean, you respond to fire with fire, right? Marcus Smart said. “We just have to turn around and do the same. If he’s going to come in here and try to be physical, this is our home and we have to protect it.”

“As any competitor will tell you, when you get hit in the mouth like this, there’s only one way to respond, and if you’re not really ready to do that, you don’t need to be at that point,” Smart added. “This is a stage where we have to be willing to risk everything there is for your team and to win. By all means necessary. That’s the mentality they have. It’s the mentality we have. But we have to go out and implement it.”

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