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Time running out for Celtics’ playoff push

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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With 11 games left in the regular season, the Celtics are still attempting to forge an identity.

Heat 93, Celtics 86

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The Celtics closed to within 5 points in the fourth quarter at TD Garden but couldn’t pull ahead.

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Celtics showing a lack of discipline

This one was on the Celtics, who entered the game with energy but then stopped defending.

Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey splits the defense of Miami Heat guards Goran Dragic (7) and Shabazz Napier (13) as he drives to the hoop in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The Heat won 93-86. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Celtics just not worthy of a playoff spot

Like a funhouse mirror, the sad state of the Eastern Conference has distorted the Celtics’ appearance.

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George Hill scored 29 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter as Indiana tied the Celtics at 31-40.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bosmia6_spts.jpg Isaiah Thomas struggles in return to Celtics’ lineup

Thomas finished with 4 points, 3 turnovers, and no assists in 20 minutes of a 93-86 loss to Miami.

Alex Speier

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The LA Kings once provided hope for eighth-seeded playoff teams everywhere, but what’s the real track record in the NHL and NBA?

Evan Turner (11) was in the middle of the action for the Celtics Monday night. He had his second triple-double in a span of 15 games.

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Evan Turner’s turnaround has been impressive

The guard is averaging 19.6 points in his past three games.

Celtics 110, Nets 91

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After a disheartening overtime loss Sunday, the Celtics bounced back with a balanced scoring attack led by Avery Bradley’s 20 points.

Marcus Smart got a Flagrant 2 foul March 8 for elbowing Orlando’s Elfrid Payton (right) and got another Flagrant 2 Friday.

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Marcus Smart says he’s not a dirty player after Matt Bonner incident

Smart was suspended a game for a shot to the groin of the Spurs’ Matt Bonner Friday night.

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Smart missed Sunday’s game against the Pistons while he served a suspension for striking Bonner in a game on Friday.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Reggie--90x90.jpg Reggie Jackson finally getting the point

After being traded from the Thunder to the Pistons, the former Boston College star is finally getting a shot to run the show.

PISTONS 105, CELTICS 97

Celtics fall in OT to Pistons, lose third straight

It remains unclear if the Celtics are a real playoff team, but against the Pistons Sunday, they did not look like one.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart has amassed four flagrant foul points this season. Two more would result in an automatic one-game suspension.

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Brad Stevens confident Marcus Smart will hone edge

The Celtics coach had no issue with the guard’s suspension, but also doesn’t think the incident is indicative of a larger pattern.

Jason Richardson has played in 12 games, averaging 9.4 points as he attempts to resuscitate his career after being a forgotten man.

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Jason Richardson not ready to call it a career

Richardson has returned to the court for the 76ers, adding to what has been a fascinating and tumultuous season.

SPURS 101, CELTICS 89

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Guard Marcus Smart faces a possible suspension for his actions in loss in San Antonio.

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“He’s caught on very, very quickly,” Popovich, the championship coach, said of Stevens.

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