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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Celtics in playoffs is much more fun than lottery

The fact that the Celtics are matched up against the mighty, talent-laden Cavaliers only makes this series more enjoyable.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan90-6899.png There’s life in the storied Celtics franchise again

With tanking talk behind us, the Celtics are a nice team and fun to root for, but they are still far from being great.

Celtics at Cavaliers | 3 p.m., ABC

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Celtics-Jazz06.jpg Gap in playoff experience between Celtics, Cavaliers not massive

Beyond Cleveland’s LeBron James, the teams are actually fairly similar.

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

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On a team filled with stars, the rookie NBA coach and Framingham native knows he must succeed in postseason.

Charles Barkley says prominent free agents wouldn’t hesitate to sign with the Celtics.

GARY WASHBURN I SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Charles Barkley holds nothing back on NBA topics

Barkley spoke for more than an hour this past week about all things NBA and, as expected, held nothing back.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_paul_pierce.jpg NBA playoff roundup: Wizards top Raptors in OT

Former Celtic Paul Pierce scored 20 points as Washington beat Toronto, 93-86, Saturday in Game 1 of their series.

Look for Jeff Teague and the Hawks to dispatch the Nets from the playoffs in short order.

Gary Washburn

NBA playoffs previews and predictions

The Celtics are back in the playoffs, but now face the team favored to win the NBA title.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Lee_bosbrook10_spts-001[1]-8270.jpg First NBA playoff experience crucial for Celtics’ Brad Stevens

Many of the NBA’s best coaches lost in their playoff debuts, but many also got a lot better after that.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e311b978579b4bf2a00b0f8e3b57e687-e311b978579b4bf2a00b0f8e3b57e687-0.jpg Brad Stevens doesn’t plan to shorten rotation in playoffs

The Celtics coach hopes to continue to get good production from his second unit.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/55b3d4744c4947f487776c12b550a85a-55b3d4744c4947f487776c12b550a85a-0-7099--90x90.jpg Best way for Celtics to defend LeBron James? Give him space

The Celtics have acknowledged they will not stop James, because no one really does. But there are various strategies to slow him.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Gasper-7078.jpg Wrong Boston team made the playoffs

The team that was built to win lost, while the team that was built to lose won.

2008: The last Celtics championship

Special Section

Celtics finished off Lakers for team’s 17th NBA title

Look back in the Boston Globe archives at coverage of the Celtics’ first championship in 22 years.