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Retooled Celtics are very much alive

What’s probably most disappointing to those who predicted the Celtics’ demise is that they truly believed the team would disappear quietly into the sunset, a bunch of jumbled pieces dissolving into insignificance because their most prominent player was gone.

Instead, the Celtics are very much alive, much to the chagrin of their detractors and their Eastern Conference rivals who believed Boston was finally finished in its current state. The Celtics have spent the past five weeks shaking off the disappointment and bewilderment left by season-ending injuries to Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger and actually pushing forward with a refurbished product — and with success, going 13-4.

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