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Celtics need to avoid Clutch Time in Game-7 of East Finals

 FACT: The Boston Celtics don't do well in post-season Clutch Time!

The Celtics did fine in the regular season (2022-23) when the game was close (5 point differential or less) in the final five minutes of games. The Green ranked second in win percentage (64.9%) with a 24-13 record in such contests.

But Clutch Time has given Boston the jitters in the post-season with the Celtics (ranked 9th, record of 5-6, win % of 45.5%). Miami, on the other hand, did worse  than Boston in the regular season in Clutch Time games (ranked 6th, 45.7% win percentage, 32-22 record) but better in the 2023 playoffs (ranked 2nd, 66.7 win %, 6-3 record).

The Celtics were almost eliminated from the post-season in Game-6 versus the Heat - when Derrick White bailed his team out on a last-second put-back. Once again, the unflappable, never-stop-moving guard saved the day - and perhaps the season - for Boston.

The lessons? The Boston Celtics need to avoid Clutch Time in Game-7. Get a solid lead - don't let up - don't slow the pace down, trying to maintain a grip on a moderate lead. Don't let the Heat back in. Close their window. Eliminate them from the playoffs tonight. 

So what team takes the top spot in Clutch Time, 2023 post-season rankings - you may ask. It's the Denver Nuggets (70% win percentage, 7-3 record). But one game at a time! 


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