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CELTICS NOTEBOOK

What’s behind Celtics’ surge? Urgency

Adversity driving team, says Rivers

PHILADELPHIA — With Tuesday night’s 109-101 win over the Sixers making the Celtics 12-4 since Rajon Rondo tore his right ACL, some have said the team is better without him. But the Celtics say his absence created more of a sense of urgency, which has sparked their rise in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Celtics began Tuesday two games from the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage in the first round, which is stunning considering Boston was 20-23 when Rondo went down and was expected to sink in the second half.

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