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Celtics-Knicks rivalry lacks passion now

While the Celtics would love to beat the Knicks every time they play, whether it be preseason, regular season, or postseason, Boston lacked its usual passion against its Atlantic Division rival in Tuesday night’s 100-85 loss at TD Garden.

It may be that the passion will be absent again when the teams meet again Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. That’s not to say the Celtics don’t want to drub the Knicks, it’s just that the approach and reasoning is drastically different between the two clubs.

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