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Dwyer checks in with a warning about the turnovers:

We've been warning about it since the beginning of 2007-08, and though the C's are rightful champs and should be feared and also should be allowed excuses because of Kevin Garnett's absence ... turnovers are going to be the death of this team.

You can't turn the ball over on over 27 percent of your possessions, and expect to win. Against any team. Even if the team is, say, missing its two best players. And while Rajon Rondo may have contributed to the mess with five miscues, how can you justify Paul Pierce (who has been playing pro basketball for over ten years now) coughing it up seven times?

We went over this a month ago (Turnovers: Achilles Heel?) and the issue is still there.  Even when this team is fully healthy, it has the yips with the ball.  Giving the other team extra possessions doesn't help our world class defense stay world class.  Hopefully we'll hit our groove in the last month headed into the postseason.

Update: Before we get too worked up about this, Red's Army has a reminder for us.

Well, I’m gonna keep this short and sweet.

  • 2007-2008 Celtics:  14.4 turnovers per game.
  • 2008-2009 Celtics:  14.5 turnovers per game.