What is the real reason the Boston Celtics can’t seem to close out tight games?

We have heard a litany of reasonable (and less so) excuses as to why the Boston Celtics struggle to win close contests over the years. But what is the real reason the Celtics can’t seem to close out tight games in the era of star forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum?

Is it a roster construction issue? An effort or focus issue? Or is it something utterly intangible to the mortal mind? At least one group of NBA analysts think they know the real reason the Celtics have struggles to win close games — and for them, it is offensive rebounding.

The hosts of the CLNS Media “How Bout Them Celtics!” podcast, Jack Simone and Sam LaFrance, put together a clip to break down their theory that boards (or a lack of them) are the source of this issue. Check it out below!

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire