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Inconsistency (and Lack of Leadership) Killed the Celtics

Published by on May 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

It wasn't because of their extended first-round series.

It wasn't for the lack of Kevin Garnett.

And it wasn't due to bad coaching.

It was because of the inconsistency shown throughout the Playoffs, and, even moreso, it was for the lack of leadership that the Boston Celtics' season ended early.

Yes, I am pointing my finger at Paul Pierce. It is not the first time I do so in this postseason. I have argued that his motivation appeared lost; it seemed that both his game and his mind just weren't there.

During the second-round series against the Orlando Magic, Pierce was awful. He capitulated when his team needed him the most.

With Kevin Garnett in a suit on the sideli...

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