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Celtics have to rely on depth without Garnett

It’s become evident the Celtics won’t have time to build much cohesion for the postseason with the roster they expect to field for Game 1 of the first round.

They clinched a playoff spot Wednesday by virtue of their 98-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons, and the 76ers loss to the Bobcats. While the playoffs were a foregone conclusion inside the Celtics locker room, even after Rajon Rondo’s torn ACL, clinching a spot with two weeks left in the regular season provides a sense of urgency.

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