Anonymous coach, exec unsurprised by Boston Celtics' playoff struggles vs. Miami Heat – Yahoo Sports

While fans of the Boston Celtics might be shocked by their team’s disappointing performance in the 2023 East finals vs. the Miami Heat, new reporting from Heavy’s Steve Bulpett suggests that the Celtics’ postseason struggles are no surprise to a few anonymous sources on opposing team’s payrolls. “There is a pattern of behavior that is common here,” said one unnamed head coach.
“Last year it seemed like they had two terrible games in every series they played,” shared another anonymous source, this one an opposing executive. “Now you throw in them losing Game 2 when they weren’t terrible, and this is where you are.”
“To win in the playoffs, you really have to play well,” they added. “It’s not that complicated. And when you have Marcus Smart and (Jaylen) Brown and (Al) Horford and (Malcolm) Brogdon … I’m not sure, other than Robert Williams, who has played well.”
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“There’s like six players that are having terrible playoffs in comparison to their regular season. And their offensive struggles may have led to so many of the defensive challenges that they’ve had. It’s dispiriting.”
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