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Danny Ainge more focused on the long term

MIAMI — Danny Ainge is not crushed by every Celtics loss because he expected his team to struggle with a pared-down roster filled with youngsters and journeymen.

The fact the Celtics entered Tuesday night’s 93-86 loss to the Miami Heat tied with the Utah Jazz for the NBA’s fourth-worst record, yet were 3½ games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, is mind-boggling to Ainge, a testament to the slew of injuries in the East.

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