The Celtics insist they aren’t young. They have yet to use youth as an excuse for any of their losses this season. Instead, they like to pin them on a series of “little things.”
“It isn’t because we’re young,” said Gerald Green. “It’s little mistakes that we’re making. We take those little mistakes away, and it’s game over.”
Celtics forward Ryan Gomes, four years Green’s elder, said the Celtics should be able to make plays regardless of age.
“We were right there to make the plays,” said Gomes, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. “Their offense is sending cutters backdoor and we just got caught on it .We have to be able to not fall asleep on certain plays. The effort is there but we want to win game so we have to clean up those little things at the end of the game.
Al Jefferson? He bristles at the suggestion the team’s youth cannot make plays down the stretch.
“Like I said, we know how to do it, but it’s just going out there and doing it,” said Jefferson. “It’s just all the mistakes that we’ve been making that are costing us the game.”
“I couldn’t take him out,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “You put him on Ron Artest all game and that’s not easy for anybody. I thought he got some real tough calls. I don’t know what else you can do defensively.”
Gomes said he is getting more comfortable at the three.
“Last year coming in from the draft I trained to become a three,” said Ryan. “I think it’s working OK for me. I like it and I can mix it up and get a lot of post-ups in there and get some easy baskets close to the rim. I just try to do what the coach asks me to do.”