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Depleted Celtics lose fifth straight

They had staved it off, delaying the repercussions game by game even as the injuries continued to build one by one, patiently wiping out the Celtics’ roster like a villain who is in no rush.

It could never last. It was unreasonable to think it ever would. Boston had won on emotion that emerged in honor of fallen comrades and with unexpected contributions from those thrust into different roles, but inevitably, the toll of so many missing bodies would be too high to endure.

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