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Despite a difficult end to his first season as head coach, Joe Mazzulla doesn't appear to be in danger of losing his job with the Boston Celtics. On FanDuel…
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 29: Head coach Joe Mazzulla of the Boston Celtics reacts during the second quarter in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat at TD Garden on May 29, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Despite a difficult end to his first season as head coach, Joe Mazzulla doesn't appear to be in danger of losing his job with the Boston Celtics.

On FanDuel TV, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium said the Celtics will likely use the offseason to bring in more veteran assistants who can help take some of the pressure off the young coach.

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"If he got swept, I think there would be a lot more questions… but the fact that it did go to game 7, I think it allowed the Celtics to see that there is a little bit of runway, some potential here."@ShamsCharania on Joe Mazzulla's future with the #Celtics#RunItBack

When the Celtics went down 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, ESPN's Brian Windhorst suggested Mazzulla could be fired.

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.@WindhorstESPN isn't shutting down the idea of the Celtics moving on from Joe Mazzulla ????"When you have a collapse like this ... It's dangerous. ... I can no longer say that I don't think it's possible that [the Celtics] would make a change [at head coach]."

The Celtics did turn things around with three consecutive wins against the Heat to force a Game 7. They were unable to finish off the comeback with a 103-84 loss at TD Garden on Monday night.

This postseason did highlight some of the flaws for Mazzulla at this early stage of his head coaching career. There were questions about his timeout usage during the regular season, but they got more pronounced in the playoffs.

Even though someone is usually made to be a scapegoat for postseason failures, Mazzulla isn't deserving of all the blame for what happened. Jaylen Brown went 7-of-43 from three-point range against the Heat. Jayson Tatum injured his ankle early in Game 7 and scored just 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

Mazzulla was preparing for training camp as an assistant coach when he was named interim head coach on Sept. 22 after Ime Udoka was suspended for multiple violations of team policies.

Boston took the interim tag off Mazzulla and gave him a contract extension on Feb. 17. He went 57-25 during the regular season in his first year leading the team.

There's certainly a lot of things for Mazzulla to improve upon going forward, but he was also the youngest head coach in the league this season at 34 years old.

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