Ime Udoka on former Celtics player Max Strus: We might have missed out on that one

Ime Udoka on former Celtics player Max Strus: We might have missed out on that one

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Ime Udoka on former Celtics player Max Strus: We might have missed out on that one

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Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka: “It wasn’t a lot of schemes or defensive or offensive changes. They just came out and punked us that third quarter. We looked at the three quarters and how well we had done winning those quarters, and knew if we just matched their physicality we could be better.” – 11:31 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
More from Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart: “I’m not the type of coach that wants to call a play every time down. I trust him to make the right play. He does a good job of getting us into stuff, making the right read and finding the hot hand.” – 11:21 PM
Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Ime Udoka pulled his Dap Dunlap impression, telling his team when they were down 18-8, “Wake up!” He said they were slow to shooters early and he called them out. #Celtics #SchooldDaze11:21 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Ime Udoka on the adjustment early on after trailing 18-8:
“We were switching too low on their shooters.”
“We understand who their shooters are.”
If you think back, Vincent and Strus both hit a 3 over a big in that stretch
The looks shifted after
@5ReasonsSports11:20 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart: “He sets the tone. Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.” – 11:20 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka’s message to the team down 18-8: “Wake up.” – 11:19 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka: “There wasn’t a lot schematically that they did different in Game 1. They were more physical and aggressive. We just challenged the guys to be tougher. We pride ourselves on being one of the tougher teams.” – 11:19 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka: “It wasn’t surprising to see how well we guarded with our guys back.” – 11:19 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart’s return: “He sets the tone. Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.” – 11:19 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka on Marcus Smart: “He sets the tone.” – 11:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on bouncing back: “We weren’t happy with that third quarter, specifically how we got out-toughed. They came out and punked us… Our guys have been great about bouncing back all season.” – 11:17 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on how the Celtics responded to the Game 1 loss: “I think we were upset with how that third quarter went and specifically how we were out-toughed…They just came out and kind of punked us in that third quarter.” – 11:17 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Ime Udoka on the added switching;
“We saw Herro and Butler getting downhill a bunch last game.”
On tonight’s adjustment:
“They pretty much saw a body every time they came off.” – 11:16 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka: “I think we were upset with how the third quarter went and specifically how we were out-toughed.” – 11:16 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka: “We were happy with our physicality tonight.” – 11:16 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka: “It was great to have the vets back. Calming presence there.” – 11:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka on having Al Horford and Marcus Smart back: “Great to have the vets back, obviously. Calming presence there.” – 11:15 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’m like 99% sure that Damon Stoudamire just said to Ime Udoka “Why are you still standing? Come sit down!” And then they both started laughing. – 11:00 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Up 30 points and Ime Udoka keeps Smart in because he’s only 5 months removed from the trauma of that MSG meltdown. Finally gets Smart out for Sauce Castillo with just under six minutes left, one rebound short of the triple-double. – 10:51 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart broke Max Strus’ ankles and Malik Fitts jumped out of his seat and started yanking on an invisible lasso like he wrangled a cattle – 10:25 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Good time for Ime Udoka to call a time-out, as the Heat cut Boston’s lead to 80-57 with a 9-3 spurt. – 10:14 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
An inevitable quick run from Jimmy Butler and Ime Udoka calls timeout to get the Celtics offense reorganized. But they’ve got a 23-point lead still and just need to turn the tide a couple more times tonight to hand on. – 10:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Good timeout from Ime Udoka. Celtics getting sloppy on offense and letting the Heat get stuff too easy on offense. – 10:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Boston’s bigs have done about 100x better of keeping their hands high on these Butler drives. That was something Ime Udoka called out after Game 1, they kept reaching down when Butler drove. – 9:43 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
ime udoka has been so impressive. – 9:34 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka adjusts his pick-and-roll coverage to shrink the window for the ball handler and the Celtics string together a slew of stops while going scorched earth from 3. They looked bad to start the night, but now they’re up 35-24 through the first quarter. – 9:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I’m a wildly confused by the Celtics defensive approach.
Ime Udoka said the bigs need to be up higher on these screens and they are all laying back and letting the Heat come off them clean. – 9:02 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
If you think Max Strus doesn’t hesitate to shoot *now*, go back and watch some of his DePaul games LOL – 8:57 PM
Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Ime Udoka pregame on Max Strus, who in 2019 lost his Cs two-way contract to Tacko Fall and then lost out on the final roster spot to Javonte Green.
“Might have missed out on that one.”
6 pts, 2 rebs, 1 assists in first 5 mins. – 8:57 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Not the best start for Robert Williams. Max Strus has hit a couple of 3-pointers over him. Tucker just bodied him for that rebound. – 8:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Awful start defensively by the Celtics. Not getting matched up. Doubling at weird times. Good timeout by Ime Udoka. – 8:51 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Mistake by Robert Williams there. Got stuck in the cross match on Max Strus, left him too much space. Heat offense off to a blistering start. – 8:51 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus and Gabe Vincent both with early threes over the top of a big
First Horford, now Williams
That’s huge
These guys are playing so comfortable on the biggest stage – 8:51 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Heat – FTX Arena – May 19, 2022 – East Finals Game 2 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, R. Williams
Miami – Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
OUT: Boston: White, Hauser Miami: Lowry pic.twitter.com/uxv2ycZjaW8:13 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 2:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Heat starters:
Bam Adebayo
P.J. Tucker
Jimmy Butler
Max Strus
Gabe Vincent – 8:12 PM
Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Max Strus pregame shooting: pic.twitter.com/GJvvjRQS9P7:24 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Celtics coach Ime Udoka gets his turn to talk about Al Horford and Marcus Smart rejoining the lineup for Game 2 vs. Heat. pic.twitter.com/N4Fqslcg4N7:12 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said Marcus Smart is “full go” tonight. – 7:11 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics big men were picking up screens too low. It wasn’t by design or the game plan. Wants them up higher tonight. – 7:11 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Marcus Smart and Al Horford are full-go, Ime Udoka says. – 7:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is “full-go” with no limitations tonight. – 7:10 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
ime udoka on max strus once being a celtic before boston cut him: “might’ve missed out on that one.” – 7:10 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics are “happy to have two of our starting five back.”
So Marcus Smart will play too. – 7:10 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Ime Udoka said the Celtics “might have missed out on that one” in regard to waiving Max Strus a few years ago. – 7:09 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka confirms both Al Horford and Marcus Smart will play tonight for Boston. – 7:09 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Ime Udoka says Marcus Smart will play. – 7:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart will play tonight, per Ime Udoka. – 7:09 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka on Al Horford returning from COVID: “He passed all the protocols, passed all the tests…he was feeling fine from the get go, so happy to have him back.” – 7:08 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka says the Celtics “might have missed out on that one” in letting Max Strus go a few years ago.
He ain’t wrong. – 7:08 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Max Strus and Gabe Vincent again from questionable to playing. – 6:44 PM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Interesting Ime Udoka quote on how Jimmy Butler got to the foul line so much in Game 1: “He’s a heady player who uses our aggressiveness against us at times.” – 6:18 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — Max Strus was going to bleed Celtics green, now Heat culture courses through his veins in East finals. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:22 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford has been upgraded to questionable. Ime Udoka said they were waiting on testing results today hoping that would allow him to clear the protocol. Needs 2 negative tests. – 12:58 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Derrick White’s baby may be arriving ahead of schedule, changing his family’s plans for an induction between games. Ime Udoka: “We support our players always in that situation.” masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…12:56 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Ime Udoka on the Celtics’ issues defending Jimmy Butler in Game 1: “He’s a heady player that used our aggressiveness against us at times.” – 12:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics injury updates per Ime Udoka:
Al Horford is still doubtful.
Marcus Smart will test his foot pregame, but is probable to play. – 12:10 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Celtics guard Derrick White, who started in place of Marcus Smart in Game 1, will miss Game 2 so he could be present for the birth of his child, Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. – 12:09 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka hinted that the plan was for Derrick White’s wife to be induced between games but the baby had other plans. – 12:05 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
“I always remember where I came from… I just want to prove people wrong. That’s still something that keeps me going.”
ICYMI, my feature on how Max Strus went from DII to NBA starter in the conference finals. wesgoldberg.substack.com/p/how-heats-ma…12:02 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
As for Al Horford (health and safety protocol), Ime Udoka said Horford remains doubtful for tonight. – 12:02 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
The Celtics will be without Derrick White, who will return for the birth of his first child. Ime Udoka said the baby is coming a little early. I talked with Derrick earlier about this. He said at the time that his wife was due May 22. – 12:00 PM
Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Al Horford (COVID protocols) remains doubtful and Marcus Smart (right foot sprain) probable for Game 2 vs. Heat, Celtics coach Ime Udoka tells reporters. pic.twitter.com/7i8qhZfqeD11:58 AM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics had a “poor defensive effort” against Jimmy Butler. Said he used their aggression against them while earning 18 free throws. – 11:58 AM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Ime Udoka said he expects Marcus Smart to play f he tests his foot out before the game and he continues to feel good. – 11:57 AM
Mark Murphy @Murf56
Ime Udoka said Al Horford is still awaiting test results to determine his availability for Game 2 tonight – 11:56 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said the Celtics won’t be sure about Al Horford’s status until tests come back. There’s a chance he could play but he’s doubtful as of now. – 11:55 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Ime Udoka says he’s feeling better, and that Derrick White is having a child that came sooner than expected. Udoka says White is expected to be back for Game 3. – 11:55 AM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Ime Udoka says he’s good now, Al Horford is still doubtful until testing results comeback later, Marcus Smart still had to test his foot out pregame, and Derrick White is having a baby.
“Came sooner than expected, but we support our guys as always in that situation.” – 11:55 AM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Ime Udoka says he’s good after being sick yesterday, and confirms that Derrick White left today for the birth of his child. Will play Saturday.
On Horford: “Al is still doubtful.” Tests pending.
On Smart: “Marcus is looking better.” Will try it pregame before final decision. – 11:55 AM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Ime Udoka: “Derrick is having a baby. It came sooner than expected but we support our guys always in that situation.” – 11:55 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Ime Udoka said he’s “good now” after dealing with a non-COVID illness yesterday. He said Derrick White is gone for the birth of his child. – 11:55 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Max Strus was going to bleed Celtics green, now Heat culture courses through his veins in East finals. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Strus reflects to the Sun Sentinel about the Celtics start to an NBA journey that has led him to this stage. – 11:51 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Max Strus was going to bleed Celtics green, now Heat culture courses through his veins in East finals. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… “This isn’t about me. This is bigger than me. It’s the Eastern Conference finals. There’s no personal vendettas here. We’re just trying to win a series.” – 8:26 AM

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Steve Popper: Knicks interviewed Bennedict Mathurin today – one of 10 interviews he’s done with teams. “Coach Tom, you know, he’s a little bit different,” Mathurin said, noting that defense and toughness are traits he thinks Thibs would like. Said he worked out with fellow Canadian RJ Barrett -via Twitter @StevePopper / May 19, 2022

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