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What’s the biggest fire the Celtics need to put out?

Turnovers, streaky shooting, and porous defense have lead to two blowouts in DC.

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards - Game Four Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

What is the biggest issue facing the Celtics against the Wizards: turnovers, shooting, or defense?

Bill Sy: The Celtics have generated the most open shots in the second round and they're actually one of the better shooting teams in the playoffs. Their issue in the last two games has been turnovers that feed into Washington’s vicious transition game and Boston’s inability to defend it. Boston can’t shy away from the problem here. Because the Wizards have overloaded the defense to stop IT, they’ve had to counter on offense with their 2nd and 3rd options and that’s lead to some indecision. They’ll need to be more aggressive in Game 5, not more careful.

Jeff Clark: All of the above? I guess it is hard to blame the shooting in the last game when they shot 45% from 3 and still lost, but it all factors in together. If you miss too many shots (and don't get the rebounds) or turn the ball over too much, the Wizards are going to get out and run and that's how 20+ runs get started. The defense needs to keep making things difficult for Wall and Beal and hope that the support players don't hit their shots.

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards - Game Four Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Sean Penney: Washington's 26-0 run was fueled by 8 Celtics turnovers during that stretch. We know that this team is capable of playing tight defense, but a steep challenge against a formidable Wizards squad becomes nearly impossible when you give up that many transition opportunities off of turnovers.

Keith Smith: Turnovers. The team can get by when they shoot poorly. They have all year. The defense has also been surprising solid, it is just skewed by allowing so many fastbreak buckets off the turnovers. If they take care of the ball, everything else will fall into place.

Lachlan Marr: Yeah I hate to form a chorus here but it has to be turnovers. The Celtics actually shot okay in the last game and to be fair shooting has never been this roster’s strong suit but they still managed a winning regular season so it shouldn’t suddenly be a problem. Defensively the Celtics problems seem mental so if they are able to find their fire when returning to the Garden then they should be able to lock-in on that end of the floor. But all of that will be for nothing if they turnover the ball like they did in Washington.

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