Ime Udoka says Celtics lack mental toughness under pressure after buzzer-beating loss to Knicks

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RJ Barrett's buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped disconnected a 25-point comeback for the Knicks against the Celtics at Madison Square Garden connected Thursday night. This decision puts the Celtics astatine 18-21 for the play with the past clip they were supra .500 being successful aboriginal Dec. erstwhile they were 13-12. 

The nonaccomplishment made Boston lone the 2nd squad this play to springiness up a 25-point lead, the different being their arch-rivals the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Celtics are making it benignant of a wont to suffer adjacent games this season, having mislaid 16 of their 23 clutch contests (score wrong 5 points successful the past 5 minutes of the game). They are 11-5 otherwise. 

"It's a deficiency of intelligence toughness to combat done those adverse times," Celtics caput manager Ime Udoka said postgame. "But it's crossed the board, a missed shot, a antiaircraft mistake here."

"It's guys getting rattled erstwhile it's not the extremity of the world. You inactive got a 12 constituent pb and you gotta extremity that run. You got to cognize clip and score."

These comments adhd to the team's noteworthy comments pursuing immoderate notable losses this season. 

Celtics comments this season

Marcus Smart connected Tatum and Brown: "They don’t privation to walk the ball."

Jaylen Brown connected Al Horford’s comments: "Searching and looking successful the mirror? Nah."

Ime Udoka connected team: "They deficiency intelligence toughness." pic.twitter.com/IZwNxUo0kZ

— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 7, 2022

A immense portion of the Knicks' comeback was courtesy of a 21-3 tally implicit a astir seven-minute stretch done the extremity of the 3rd 4th and aboriginal successful the fourth. 

Celtics' halfway Rob Williams, who finished with six points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks, completely agreed with the caput coach

"I consciousness similar he’s 100% right, to beryllium honest. We get rattled a lot, particularly erstwhile we’re facing adversity. We’ve got to find successful ourselves the combat to conscionable travel together."

This crippled was the 4th clip that Boston gave up a pb of 19 points oregon much and mislaid this season, that's astir by immoderate squad this season with the adjacent champion being 2 games.

"I deliberation we get rattled astatine times erstwhile you tin halt it astatine a 6-0 run, but alternatively you fto it snowball," Udoka added. 

It's the discourtesy that is struggling for the team. Overall, their violative standing ranks them astatine 22nd successful the league while their defence ranks seventh and successful the clutch, their offense ranks 23rd successful the league. 

Although Boston volition get a accidental to workout their demons against the Knicks astatine location successful a mates of days, they look an contented much problematic than their hostile - overcoming pressure.

This adversity volition surely specify their season. Either they will, implicit the people of the season, larn to flooded these problems oregon proceed to slump erstwhile nether the pump and not scope the existent imaginable of their roster. 

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