Seems like there is an "anger" thread like this after every loss, no matter how close the game. The fact is they had multiple chances to win this game and didn't. It was a close game. Any one of those situations breaks in their favor and they win.
To me, the biggest factor was the turnovers. They have to "value the ball" more. I can accept missed shots. The defense is coming around. The rebounding seems to be getting better ( thanks to Sully). They are playing hard. It's just the turnovers that are frustrating and it is killing them.
Oh, this was totally an anger thread, but it was my first of the season, and I think I did pretty well to hold my tongue this long—especially when you consider that I recently got to go to my first Celtics game, and it was that debacle of a performance against Brooklyn. I was committed to being more patient with this team this season, so I remained silent even then.
After watching the end of the Philly game, though, I'd had all I could take. Yes, I see a lot of good—Green is improving, as is the defense—but I see too many repeated mistakes, especially with turnovers.
As a fan, I understand that teams go through growing pains, and various ups and downs, but being a Celtics fan over the last few years has meant getting to see only about two months of good basketball per season, because the whole first half of the regular season is trash, and they love to let each playoff series go at least six games, even against opponents who are clearly inferior. I would so love to see more than two good months of basketball for a change.