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Turnovers, shot selection, bench production plague Celtics in 104-94 loss in Game 5

 The Celtics 104-94 loss to Golden State last night was not without value for Boston. Against the top competition seen in the NBA Finals, The Green have a few issues that need addressing for the remainder of the series and next season.


Turnovers are killing the Celtics. They racked up 18 miscues in the loss to Golden States' six. Jaylen Brown had five turnovers, while Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart had four each.Analyst, Isiah Thomas had a nice thought on that issue. He commented that the Celtics players often lose the ball by taking that one extra dribble to get all the way to the rim - rather than pulling up for a mid-range jumper.

And Boston can't seem to make the right shots at the right time. Credit Golden Stat's defense for much of that, but Boston's crew needs more seasoning in this regard.

For Boston to have any shot at a Title this season or next, they need more offensive production from their bench, Golden State got 31 points from their bench, while Boston only got 10 points - with six of those coming in garbage time. Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole accounted for a combined 29 points off the pine.

And, from the Celtics point of view, why did Andrew Wiggins choose this season to become a true star. The first-time All-Star was a sword in Boston's chest last night, pouring in 26 points from everywhere and taking down 13 boards. Pre-draft, I vividly recall the athletic Wiggins being compared to LeBron James. He looked it last night.

The Boston Celtics need to upgrade their offense looking to the future. Whether that comes from a trade, free agent signing or is accomplished via player development is the question. Their offense had been sufficient until they ran up against a team that plays both ends of the floor with near-precision. The good news? Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are not getting any younger.


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