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Let-Up In Defense Leads To Let-Down Loss

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Different night, different story. Just when the Boston Celtics should have been feeling good and playing their best basketball in front of their home crowd, the momentum shifts and they find themselves on the losing end of game 2. Losing the first game of three to be played at the Garden just has to play havoc with their confidence. And what happened to Ray Allen? Overconfidence? Talk about the swing of the pendulum. On one night he throws down 8 three pointers, setting a new NBA play-off record and on the very next outing goes 0-13! Ouch. Kobe, was Kobe, playing floor general all night and swishing shot after shot through the net. Even with all his incredible talent, it may well be his determination that is his most outstanding feature. The guy refuses to give up and consequently ends up winning most of the time. Is there a lesson there for the rest of us. Derek Fisher is another force to be reckoned with. The guy is simply stellar. He appears to be as cool as a cucumber down the stretch and routinely makes his shots when it really counts. Coming off a 91-84 loss on Tuesday night, the Celtics are going to have to regroup and be ready for the battle that will ensue on Thursday night.

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