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Boston wilts in face of Heat

Celtics didn't just let a close-out opportunity slip, they got steamrolled in Game 6

Updated: June 8, 2012, 3:30 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There was a multitude of scenarios that were possible in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, an evening that represented a precious opportunity for the Celtics to transform their gritty, gutty season into a truly special, memorable one.

Game 7, the Boston players coined it.

Do or die.

That ruse was necessary, apparently, because the Celtics have exhibited an annoying tendency to fail to grasp the urgency of closing out a series on the first attempt.

So, ...

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