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Christopher L. Gasper

End of season closing in for the Celtics

WALTHAM — The answer to the Celtics’ faint playoff prayers was standing a few feet away as Avery Bradley entertained a media throng that was like motorists rubber-necking for a glimpse of a bad accident.

Rajon Rondo was on the floor at the Celtics’ practice facility calmly popping jumpers with a towel tied around his surgically repaired knee, while his teammates, who have shot like they have one hand tied behind their backs without him, talked about being down, 3-0, to the New York Knicks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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