Can Celtics Manage to Flip the Switch for Playoffs?

Can Celtics Manage to Flip the Switch for Playoffs? The Celtics began this season as a potential favorite to win the NBA championship. Now, after losing seven of 10 to close the season, they’ve lost many believers.

Is there a problem with this Celtics squad, or is it really as simple as the players turning the intensity up once the playoffs begin?

“It’s hard to believe you can just turn it on and off when you want to,” The Boston Globe’s Julian Benbow told NESN’s Cole Wright on Thursday’s edition of SportsDesk. “Even Rajon Rondo says, ‘I’m not a big believer in turning it on and off.’ But I think this a time you get up, and I think they’ve proven … they get up for big games.”

This will certainly be a big collection of games, as Boston prepares to face Dwyane Wade and the Heat, against whom the Celtics boast a 3-0 regular season record.

“I think the big question is … what are we going to get when they do [turn it on]?” said NESN insider Tony Massarotti. “We only can judge the Celtics based on what we saw during the course of the regular season, so based on that, they were a 50-win team. I don’t think [their intensity] is going to be a huge variable in the first round, but it’s going to be a variable in the second round and thereafter if they’re lucky enough to get that far.”

For more on how the C’s can defend D-Wade, check out the video below.

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