For all the Celtics talk about turnovers, it is interesting to note that they have committed 16.6 turnovers per game in eight losses and 16. 2 turnovers per game in five wins. It just goes to show you the timing of turnovers can mean everything. In the Celtics 111-98 victory over the Bucks Saturday night, the visitors committed just 4 turnovers (for 4 points) during their second-half rally.
During halftime, Pierce said the Celtics all knew how much turnovers had hurt them. They committed 9 turnovers (for 20 points) in the first half. The Celtics also knew that if they cut down on the turnovers they could make it a close game.
“We’ve got to b e consistent on defense and keep our turnovers down,” said Pierce. “If we can do those two things it gives us the best chance of winning every night.”
Pierce believes the magic number for turnovers is 14. If Boston commits 14 or fewer turnovers in a game, the captain thinks they will win. In 13 games this season, Pierce has been right on all but one occasion. Boston lost to Orlando at home despite committing just 11 turnovers. But Boston did defeat Portland (10 turnovers), New York (14 turnovers) and Milwaukee (13 turnovers) by limiting its turnovers.