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Danny Ainge assessing Celtics’ surprising early success

Danny Ainge is taking a cautious approach with the early success of the Celtics or perceived early success, a first-place Atlantic Division standing despite a 10-14 record.

The Celtics host the New York Knicks on Friday at TD Garden as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference nearly 30 percent into the season. In a season that was supposed to be highlighted by the development of the team’s younger core, Rajon Rondo’s return from major knee surgery, and the education of first-year coach Brad Stevens, the Celtics find themselves legitimately in the playoff race.

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