Despite an onslaught of injuries plaguing the roster in this recent stretch, the Boston Celtics still manage to impress. The second-best team in the league now leads the league with five go-ahead field goals in the final five seconds of a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Jaylen Brown’s recent 3-point dagger to bury the red-hot Utah Jazz marked the fifth time this season in which the Celtics had managed to sweep the rug from underneath their opponent, nabbing the win in crunch time.
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“I was just hoping it went in there, man,” Brown said following his game-winner, according to The Associated Press. “I had nothing left for OT, so I’m just happy to win.”
The Celtics’ 14 double-digit comeback wins are also tied for the second-most in the league this season., making them a team to watch out for, even without the likes of Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart in the lineup.
Perhaps an underrated factor of their ultimate success has been the play-drawing by coach Brad Stevens, who has mastered out-of-bounds plays and orchestrating a team in dire circumstances — always making the most of the assets at hand.
Boston boasts one of the best clutch shooters of this modern era in Kyrie Irving, but the team has seen clutch shots by Brown, and one by Marcus Morris against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week, which sealed a 100-99 win, which started a five-game win streak.
With home court advantage for the first round as the No. 2 seed, the Celtics still present a major problem for opponents with their ability to cash-in under pressure and flip the switch when it counts, as evidenced by this late stretch of the season.