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Doc Rivers says Celtics are gambling on defense

Decisions come under scrutiny

WALTHAM - Since the arrival of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007, the Celtics have lost more than two straight games at home only twice. But unless they can solve their defensive and rebounding problems against Chicago tonight, they will have a three-game home losing streak.

A failure to get defensive stops down the stretch was costly in a 90-85 loss to Dallas Wednesday. But coach Doc Rivers was optimistic after analyzing the team’s play yesterday.

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