Boston Celtics

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 06: Robert Williams III #44 of the Boston Celtics and Alec Burks #18 of the New York Knicks battle for the ball during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Celtics were up by as many as 25 points Thursday night, and led by 10 points late in the third quarter before falling to the New York Knicks 108-105. This has become somewhat of a theme for the team, which ranks towards the bottom of the league in most fourth-quarter metrics.

What does a first-year coach tell a team that just can’t find a way to get over the hump? “Repetitive result that’s happening. Either we’re going to make some adjustments and get tired of it or it’s going to keep happening,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said after the game, when asked about his post-game message to the team. “Message was short and sweet. Wasn’t about the last play, again. It was everything leading up to it.”

“We need some leadership. Somebody that can calm us down and not get rattled when everything starts to go a little south and I think it snowballs between our guys,” Udoka added, seemingly calling out the roster, or citing a need for external help. “Step up, or do I have to stop all of our momentum and pace and call a play?”

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