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Celtics won’t be able to beat Knicks now

NEW YORK — The 14-4 record after Rajon Rondo’s season-ending knee injury was deceiving, as it caused Celtics fans to envision a ball-moving team that would score easy layups with fierce activity. It allowed those Green faithful to imagine the Celtics winning big with Avery Bradley at point guard. It created a mirage of offensive success — the Celtics would share the ball more consistently.

In the second half of the first two first-round playoff games against the Knicks, we have witnessed a team that is not whole, hardly capable of scoring consistently against a passionate defensive team, lazily depending on fadeaways and contested jump shots to make rallies.

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