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Celtics sputtering offense: What's going on?

 The Boston Celtics once-grand offense has fizzled in the last five games - resulting in a 1-5 record in that span. What's up?


The Green have been toppled by the Milwaukee Bucks from top spot in the League Standings - but still are number-one in Offensive Rating (116.8 points) for the season - but are dead-last (101.0 points) in that category over the last five games. The main reason? Their field goal and 3-point shooting have hit the skids.

The Celtics players are taking more treys and hitting fewer of them. They average 41.9 treys per game (attempted) for the season, and make 38.1% of them. Not so for the last five contests. For that span, they are up to 44.0 3-point attempts/game and hitting a mere 28.6%.

And their assists are down from 26.3 APG (season) -to-22.0 APG while racking up four losses and one victory. The rebounds, turnovers and Defensive Rating have not changed much for the Boys from Beantown, so it appears that the main issue in their lackluster play in the last five games played has been fatigue and lack of patience on offense.

In other words, the Celtics crew is ignoring the patience, ball movement and shot selection that got raves League-wide. Time to return to that mode!

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