RJ Barrett’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped off a 25-point comeback for the Knicks towards the Celtics at Madison Sq. Backyard on Thursday evening. This defeat places the Celtics at 18-21 for the season with the final time they have been above .500 being in early Dec. after they have been 13-12.
The loss made Boston solely the second group this season to surrender a 25-point lead, the opposite being their arch-rivals the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Celtics are making it type of a behavior to lose shut video games this season, having misplaced 16 of their 23 clutch contests (rating inside 5 factors within the final 5 minutes of the sport). They’re 11-5 in any other case.
“It is a lack of psychological toughness to battle by means of these opposed occasions,” Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said postgame. “Nevertheless it’s throughout the board, a missed shot, a defensive mistake right here.”
“It is guys getting rattled when it isn’t the tip of the world. You continue to obtained a 12 level lead and also you gotta finish that run. You bought to know time and rating.”
These feedback add to the group’s noteworthy feedback following some notable losses this season.
Celtics feedback this season
Marcus Good on Tatum and Brown: “They don’t wish to go the ball.”
Jaylen Brown on Al Horford’s feedback: “Looking out and looking out within the mirror? Nah.”
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An enormous a part of the Knicks’ comeback was courtesy of a 21-3 run over a nearly seven-minute stretch by means of the tip of the third quarter and early within the fourth.
Celtics’ middle Rob Williams, who completed with six factors, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks, completely agreed with the head coach.
“I really feel like he’s 100% proper, to be trustworthy. We get rattled quite a bit, particularly once we’re going through adversity. We’ve obtained to seek out in ourselves the battle to only come collectively.”
This recreation was the fourth time that Boston gave up a lead of 19 factors or extra and misplaced this season, that’s most by any team this season with the subsequent greatest being two video games.
“I feel we get rattled at occasions when you possibly can cease it at a 6-0 run, however as an alternative you let it snowball,” Udoka added.
It is the offense that’s struggling for the group. General, their offensive ranking ranks them at 22nd in the league whereas their protection ranks seventh and within the clutch, their offense ranks 23rd in the league.
Though Boston will get an opportunity to train their demons towards the Knicks at house in a few days, they face a difficulty extra problematic than their opponent – overcoming strain.
This adversity will certainly outline their season. Both they are going to, over the course of the season, study to beat these issues or proceed to stoop when beneath the pump and never attain the true potential of their roster.