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Missed opportunities add up to loss

Celtics come up short when they drift from usual game plan

Updated: November 9, 2010, 2:51 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Why did the Boston Celtics lose to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at the American Airlines Center? The following list of second-chance opportunities generated by individual offensive rebounds sums it up pretty well (player with offensive rebound and time remaining, then the ensuing result):

1. Paul Pierce (11:15, 1st) -- After foul, Pierce misses 21-foot jumper 2. Kevin Garnett (10:57, 1st) -- Pierce misses 25-foot 3-pointer 3. Rajon Rondo (9:56, 1st) -- Rondo misses tip 4. Jermaine ...

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