Brad Stevens level of frustration may have risen to level 10, after Boston lacked poise against the Suns in the Garden. When you have Jeff Green jacking three's up like no tomorrow, then you have some problems. Boston was all tied up with the Suns 80-80 with less than a minute to go. The lack of focus in the final minute is a normal behavior for a team that's out of the playoff picture. But I get the feeling that Stevens believed his Celtics figured things out late in games. It wasn't the case against the Suns who are fighting for their playoff lives right now.
"We didn’t play with any poise. That was probably the biggest thing. They executed pretty well. Out of the time out, got a foul on the play out of the time out, and then got a three for Jeff (Green) on the ensuing side out-of-bounds play that we didn’t make. And in the scramble for the ball, I didn’t think we played with much poise for the next 40 seconds. I had one time out left, and when (Marcus) Morris dunked it with 24 seconds or so, I wanted to try and get back in transition as quick as possible and save that thing for a last-ditch effort if we were able to score; I should’ve just called time out and stopped it because it was, the last 40 seconds were awful."
"The answer is yes, we collapsed at the end, but the fact of the matter is we probably lost the game just as much in the third quarter. Our offense was incredibly stagnant. And, again, I didn’t think we took great shots and we were clearly not shooting well."
The collapse was hard to swallow, and I don't know if the Celtics will right the wrong this season. Rondo does have the ability to hit another gear, but I don't know if he will this season. Stevens believed the Celtics lack poise, Kelly Olynyk believes otherwise.
"I don’t know if it's as much as losing your poise, I mean we kind of got a bit antsy, there at the end. We didn’t try to get the best available; we took the first shot, the best available shot so I think we kind of rushed a bit. I guess it might be another way to say that."
Your team lacked poise Kelly, nice try.. This is where Rondo needs to become the alpha dog, at least now. Can we trust in anyone else to deliver a win? Yes, and no, this task needs to be on Rondo. I don't care how he does it. He can pass or score, he's done it in the past, and I expect him to do in present day. The Celtics have about a month to show poise, and I look forward to it.