May 23, 2023
Game 4: Postgame
Boston Celtics 116, Miami Heat 99
Q. Bam, you guys were doing such a great job through the first three games of keeping them off the three-point line and limiting those shots. What went differently tonight where they were able to get hot from there?
BAM ADEBAYO: What went different, they made shots. They shot 50 from the field and 40 from three.
We always said the last one to get is the hardest one to get. So we knew coming into this game they were going to be desperate. Now we've got to finish business in Boston.
Q. This reminds me a little of after that game in New York when you came into the interview room there and said you had to do better and had to do more. Was there something specifically they held you down with tonight, and do you exit this game with that same feeling you sort of spoke to us about in New York?
BAM ADEBAYO: I had four turnovers. I only shot the ball seven times. I missed two free throws back to back. So for me, man, next game I've got to be better.
Q. It felt like Boston was maybe making more of a concerted effort to crowd the paint regardless of who got in there. Did you notice anything they did differently defensively that kind of changed the way you guys played offense?
BAM ADEBAYO: They are desperate. Like I said, their backs are against the wall, so you know they are going to play desperate. They are going to try to figure out ways to disrupt our game flow. But the biggest thing about us, we know we've got to retaliate.
Q. Jayson can get his points, but was there anything that wasn't happening tonight defensively against him that had been happening down the stretch of the last few games?
BAM ADEBAYO: I think he just got hot. He's one of the tough players in this league. He got hot tonight.
Q. Close-out games seem to be hard at home, but on the road they seem to be harder. What is it going to take for you guys to rally the troops and get the job done on the road after losing the first home game this postseason?
BAM ADEBAYO: Come out and set the tone. I feel like that that's the biggest thing. Set the tone, and stick to our identity and play more detailed basketball.
Q. They capitalized on the turnovers that you guys committed as a team. What stood out about the flow of the offense?
BAM ADEBAYO: If you're turning the ball over and you're not getting shots on goal, it's going to be hard to win in this league. The biggest thing for us is get shots on goal and take care of the ball.
Black lives matter, people.
FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports