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Celtics Coach Ime Udoka Calls Out His Own Team After Loss: "Disappointing To Come Out Flat In A Conference Final Game.”

Ime Udoka

The Celtics responded well in Game 2, and there was hope they'd keep the momentum going into Game 3. Unfortunately for Boston, they failed to get going early on and suffered a pretty ugly blowout loss at home.

In the post-game media sesh, coach Ime Udoka spoke about the stunning game and called out his guys for the lack of energy from the start.

(via ClutchPoints)

“All they talked about was upping their physicality, being embarrassed at home and that’s what we spoke up about. Not being caught off guard, complacent, or content with getting a win at their place. Understanding how they’re going to guard guys. Be physical. We didn’t match that from the start,” said Udoka.

“It looked like we were kind of wilting to their pressure and started complaining to the refs and took us out of the game from the start. Disappointing to come out flat in a conference final game.”

It's only Udoka's first year on the job, but he has done an amazing job with this team. Among other things, his ability to hold his players accountable has really put everything together for the team.

"Having Marcus and Al might have helped, because they settle us down, but it wasn't really just that. And it wasn't our young guys, Payton and Aaron, but it was our veterans Jayson and Jaylen who let it get away from us," said Udoa after the Game 1 loss.

The Celtics finished as the second seed before winning the first two rounds of the playoffs against Brooklyn and Philadelphia. They have already exceeded early-season expectations.

Nevertheless, Udoka has them at their absolute best and it is being proven in the best way possible. Even down 2-1 against a tough and experienced opponent, they have a chance to make some noise and re-take some control in the series.