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Despite Thursday’s loss, Celtics had encouraging signs

This season has disintegrated to the point where the Celtics are taking encouraging signs from losses. Yet in this case, they may have a point.

The Celtics’ 89-86 loss to the Knicks Thursday night at TD Garden was more about the home team making small strides and less about the apparently dissolved feud between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.

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