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Ime Udoka cites "Hero Ball" as main culprit in Celtics Game 3 loss

 Celtics coach, Ime Udoka, didn't use the phrase "Hero Ball", but that is what he meant. In a post-game interview after the Celtics fell to the Miami Heat, Udoka broached the 23 turnovers by Boston and the 19 steals by Miami - and then stated a lot of that "was playing to the crowd and trying to do too much".


For turnovers, Jaylen Brown "led" Boston with seven (7), followed by Jayson's Tatum's six (6) and Marcus Smart's four (4). The Miami Heat simply fed off those miscues by Boston. 

Can the "roar of the Celtics crowd" be a bad thing? Of course not, but the response by the players could be. The idea that "I'll get this game back" can work. We have seen it many times in past decades, but that state of mind needs to include the team concept. I believe that is what the Celtics coach was trying to get across.

So it's on to Game 4 tonight, and you can bet we won't see those same miscue numbers again. Let the roar of the crowd prevail, but keep it in context. The fans was the same as the Celtics organization. and that means victory.


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