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Celtics have passed a big test

The Celtics returned from Charlotte rather confused.

The team that lost to the Bobcats Tuesday was the one the detractors predicted would appear when Rajon Rondo was felled with a torn ACL — a team that would succumb under difficult circumstances, weaken against more athletic opponents, and make even the most meager of foes look formidable.

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