C's concerned about slow starts

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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Steve Mitchell/US PresswireJermaine O'Neal and the Celtics couldn't slow Norris Cole and the Heat.
The Celtics made a valiant comeback against the high-flying Heat, but their slow starts have to stop:
If the first two games of the 2011-12 season have taught the Boston Celtics anything it's this: It's hard to dig out of an early hole.

There's no shame in losing the first two games of the season considering the circumstances (playing a new-look New York Knicks team in the Big Apple on Christmas Day, then facing the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on their South Beach turf). There's little reason to panic just yet.

After absorbing a 115-107 loss to the Heat on Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena, the Celtics rallied around the notion that they've been their biggest enemy at the start of the new season, particularly by being sluggish out of the gates.

The Celtics have seen firsthand that sometimes it doesn't matter how strong you finish, if the hole is too big to overcome, you won't win in the end. They don't want these two games to be a microcosm of their season.

Deep breath. There's 64 games ahead for Boston, more than enough time to turn this thing around. Two losses by season's end could be little more than a blip on the radar.

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