The Celtics' shabby play of late finally caught up to them

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The Celtics' shabby play of late finally caught up to them
The Celtics' shabby play of late finally caught up to them

The Celtics fell behind by double digits again and then clawed back to take the lead, but defensively they were never cohesive, especially against Sacramento sharpshooter Buddy Hield. The Celtics valiantly tried to save this win, with Smart trying to score on a putback with the Celtics up 1 and 13.5 seconds left and then trying to strip Richaun Holmes of the rebound that turned into a loose-ball foul. The effort was there down the stretch but the Celtics' level of play has been slipping over the past few games: allowing 133 points to the Washington Wizards, letting the rebuilding Warriors push them to the brink Friday, and then making little mistakes that cost them Sunday. “We've just got to be better, that's really all I can say,” point guard Kemba Walker said.

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