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Rondo, especially, must show more drive for Celtics

Leave it to the Celtics to add intrigue and drama to a season that was so promising just a week ago. Tuesday’s 13-point loss to the Heat in Miami was excusable on their ring night. And all of the excuses were used: too much time to prepare, chemistry not yet established, etc.

But Friday night’s 99-88 home-opening loss to the Bucks is reason to discard those excuses and concentrate on taking the first steps to becoming a passionate squad that plays hard all the time.

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