3 problems Boston Celtics must fix to win 2024 NBA title

The Celtics have things to work on as the playoffs approach.
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum
Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Late-game offense

Everything tightens up in the playoffs. The Celtics will have to win close games if they plan on taking home the title. Much has been written about their late-game woes. They have performed well in clutch situations as defined by NBA Stats, but the numbers get worse as the clock ticks down.

In the final 30 seconds and the game within three points, the Celtics are just three of 17 from the field and two of those makes are 3-pointers. If Boston gets inside the arch, they are one of 11. It is a small sample size, but the shot selection portends a larger issue.

They are not moving the ball or trying to create an open look late in games. The Celtics are relying on star power to win it. Jayson Tatum is taking a contested mid-range jumper. Boston cannot rely on him or Jaylen Brown to make tough shots with the game on the line. 11 of their 15 losses were one-possession games in the final three minutes. Games will be close in the playoffs, and Boston must improve their shot quality in those situations.

The Boston Celtics are one of the best teams in the NBA. If they clean up these issues, the franchise will win their 18th championship and first since 2008. Otherwise, it will be another disappointing season in Beantown, so stay tuned.