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Under pressure, the Celtics collapsed. They choked.
And Brad Stevens was fuming afterward.
“We didn’t play with any poise,” the rookie Celtics coach said.
Strong words for Stevens — as strong as any he’s used since taking the job.
But they were more than warranted Friday after the ending of the Celtics’ 87-80 loss to the Suns at TD Garden, which dropped Boston to 22-44, including 4-24 against teams from the Western Conference this season.
After the Celtics’ trailing by as much as 11, forward Jeff Green made a pair of free throws to tie the score at 80 with 2:02 left.
His team crumbled from there.