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Celtics return home emotional, desperate

WALTHAM — With their postseason existence two losses from extinction, the Celtics trotted out a new buzzword Thursday: desperation.

Following up on that term, the players and coaches dropped the usual array of clichés about their “backs being against the wall” and so forth as they head into Game 3 Friday of their first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks.

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