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Celtics have become pushovers

NEW YORK — What once defined these transitioning Celtics doesn’t define them anymore. They have turned into just another run-of-the-mill pushover, a team that sometimes considers effort optional, such as Tuesday night against the Knicks.

The Celtics didn’t compete from the start in a 114-88 loss, and it wasn’t that they lost to the rejuvenated Knicks, it was how they lost. They refused to play defense, falling behind, 21-5, as the Knicks either ran pick-and-rolls or launched uncontested 3-pointers.

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