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Celtics’ bench lifting a depleted team

Reserves continue to give Doc Rivers quality time

The backups are stepping up. The reserves are more than filling in. Boston’s second unit is playing as well — if not better, in some cases — than the first.

But Doc Rivers wants it known that the Celtics’ bench, which produced 52 points in a 106-104 win against the Clippers on Sunday at the Garden, didn’t just start playing well. This has been an ongoing trend, he noted, that has just now picked up notice.

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