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Can Celtics avoid late-game collapses?

PER Diem: May 11, 2010

Updated: May 11, 2010, 1:28 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
CelticsBrian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesLeBron isn't the only thing the Celtics must worry about. A disturbing trend has emerged in Beantown.

Sunday's game looked like a familiar story for Celtics fans -- Boston had watched an 11-point lead early in the third quarter of Game 4 turn into a one-point deficit by the end of it. Just days earlier, they had seen a nine-point halftime advantage vanish in a Game 1 defeat in Cleveland, and now it seemed history would repeat itself.

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