The Boston Celtics lost their playoff series against the New York Knicks on Friday night as a disappointing season finally came to a close. The Celtics had a chance to even up the series and force a game 7 Sunday in New York, but they just came out flat for most of the game and (believe it or not) still had a chance to win in the game’s final minutes. The main problem was that the Celtics dug themselves too deep of a hole during the first three quarters, and winning those types of games is almost impossible.
The Celtics simply cannot expect to be down 20 and just automatically win. There is a reason NBA teams are good; not many teams choke up 20 point leads and that was the case on Friday night. When the opposing team has scorers like Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, and Carmelo Anthony, it is hard to come back from a deficit like that when either of those guys can take a game over and dominate.
How do you explain the Celtics’ poor showing during the first three quarters? No idea. Maybe they were just too tired from their previous game where they defeated the Knicks in convincing fashion. It most likely isn’t a Doc Rivers problem as he has always been able to motivate his team. The Celtics’ two best players are both above 35 years old so it is asking a lot of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to be completely energized for each and every ball game.
The Celtics handed the Knicks a huge lead to start which made it nearly impossible for them to make a comeback.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18