Closing Out Games a Problem for Boston Celtics

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports.  For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18


Did the Boston Celtics learn something with their double overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night in the Boston Garden?  I’m not quite sure.  This question was brought to my attention and I really didn’t know how to react.

Part of me thought it was a good win for the team as they are now three games above .500.  Another part of me thought that they did a terrible job closing a lead and barely hung on to survive.  OJ Mayo and Darren Collison are nice players, but they should ultimately not determine the outcome of a game.  The Celtics let Mayo and Collison take over and they obviously have to do a much better job of closing out games.

If you recall, in the 2010 NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson was caught on camera saying that the “Celtics know how to lose in the 4th quarter.”  That season the Celtics always blew large leads and had to figure out a way to just hang on.  That is not the way you want to be as a team and it is a shame that the team continues to live and die by that philosophy.

What happened to just winning comfortably?

They just seem to take their foot off the gas more often than not, which is incredibly annoying and frustrating.  I have not seen them play a clean game all year, maybe except for their victories against the Toronto Raptors and Portland Trailblazers at home.  But those teams are terrible anyway so I guess maybe it was alright to take the Mavericks best punch and still survive.

Winning games at a more comfortable pace might be a formula that the Celtics try and adopt for the rest of the year.

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