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Christopher L. Gasper

Celtics lack another level against league’s elite

The NBA has a natural order, and it took over in the second half of the Celtics’ sixth consecutive loss on Friday night at TD Garden.

The rule of law in the NBA for most franchises, the ones not in geographically-desirable locales like Los Angeles and Miami, is that you have to be bad before you can be good. It’s mandatory. The Celtics and first-year coach Brad Stevens are living that right now, and it’s not fun or easy to accept.

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