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Celtics home opener lasted too long for Brad Stevens

The most interesting and perhaps distressing comment from coach Brad Stevens after the Celtics’ infuriating 105-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, one in which they blew a 22-point lead and shot 21 percent in the second half, was about the extended length of the NBA game.

That eight-minute difference between the NCAA game and NBA game is what could separate the Celtics from a 40-win team and a 17-win team. Those eight minutes are where games are won and, in Friday’s case, lost. The Celtics played well enough to win through three quarters. Milwaukee was ready to bolt back to Wisconsin for their home opener.

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