The Celtics blew thier second consecutive 2nd half lead. Some potential causes:
1. Fatigue (Boston Globe):
While fatigue was a likely factor, the Celtics didn't use it as an excuse.
"You can't blame that," said Kevin Garnett. "Everyone got to do the same thing in this game. We can't cry about having to fly, and what it is. It's part of it and we have to deal with it."
Allen, who had 14 points, said, "I won't blame it on fatigue. It's nothing that any of us couldn't handle. We had every opportunity to win."
2. Extended Bench Minutes:
Rivers used his bench for a hefty amount of minutes in the fourth quarter. Eddie House played eight minutes, Leon Powe played seven, Tony Allen four, and rookie Glen Davis five. Rivers said he'll likely go that route again down the stretch.
"We've got to get the bench minutes and we've got to get them playing together," Rivers said. "Obviously, they will not be in as a group, all five of them, when the playoffs start. But they all may get minutes and I think it's really important right now to squeeze minutes out of them."
3. Every Team Targeting C's (Boston Herald):
"Teams are excited about coming in here and giving it their best shot," Garnett said. "We’ve got to be able to take it and finish off these last couple of games of these last couple of weeks of the season."