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Celtics a piece or two away from being true contenders

What Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has to ask himself over the next six weeks is whether his bench can maintain this production, whether the presence of Avery Bradley is actually that meaningful, and whether his two future Hall of Famers have enough to carry this team through the postseason.

That’s a lot to ponder, but in the past nine days, the Celtics have played the way Ainge and coach Doc Rivers envisioned in training camp, using depth, defensive prowess, and the effectiveness of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to win games.

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