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Celtics need to get back to playing with passion

It’s the dog days of the NBA season. Players realize the playoffs are approaching but they are too far off to really pay attention to the GPS screen and turn up the automated voice.

The Celtics have picked a poor time to begin slipping defensively, allowing teams to gash holes in their confused sets, especially the host Grizzlies in a 110-106 Boston loss Saturday night.

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