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What explains the fourth quarter folds?

I am interested in what theories people have to explain the pattern of the Celtics folding in the fourth quarter. It's a concern for me and I would think a big concern for Coach Stevens.

I think that the team needs to practice plays coming out of timeouts more. This team is weak in that area. Is it the plan or the execution?

I think the team plays too soft in the fourth - it's like they're playing "prevent" basketball. They sag on defense to take away the rim but give up threes.They play tentative and unsure on offense - shots don't fall, the ball doesn't move, and people stand around.

Are we simply seeing the growing pains of youth? I hope so, but I'm not seeing much growth in the team's ability to close out games. In fact, it looks like a regression to me.

What are your theories?

Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.

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