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Film analysis: Searching for answers in Celtics’ struggles vs. Cavs

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Paul Pierce’s retirement ceremony took some attention off of it, but the Celtics continued to give their fans cause for concern on Sunday after they dropped their second straight game at the TD Garden to the Cavs.

It was the third time in the last four contests in which the Celtics fell behind by 26(!) or more points, a disturbing trend as they continued to experience an ugly malaise heading into the All-Star break.

While it’s important not to take too much out of any regular season game (particular with key players like Marcus Smart and Kevin Love sidelined), Sunday’s contest was the final regular-season matchup of the year between the Cavs and Celtics. Was the performance as bad for Boston as it looked live? And did it reveal any noteworthy nuggets that should be cause for concern moving forward? Let’s take a closer look at the tape to find some answers, and see how much fans should be worrying about this group.