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Jayson Tatum and the Celtics thought they'd be in better position to head back to the Eastern Conference finals. That hasn't been the case.

Jayson Tatum on the Celtics’ struggles: ‘We’re still just trying to figure it out’

The Celtics' leading scorer said a number of factors have contributed to the issues of the team, which is on a four-game losing streak and is bound for the play-in tournament.

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Chicago's Azura Stevens, a Pawtucket, R.I., native, is coming off knee surgery and expected to provide an offensive punch.

As the WNBA embarks on its 25th season, a look at the local players to know in the league

Rosters across the league are littered with stars from UConn, of course.

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Danny Ainge's Celtics will have to get through the "play-in" round to get into the NBA playoffs.

Airing some Celtics grievances to Danny Ainge, and other thoughts

The president of basketball operations acknowledges "a lot of disappointment" with this season, but doesn't sound ready to make major changes.

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You can always see the intensity on Payton Pritchard's face when he's on the court.

How Payton Pritchard became a Celtic

Those who have known the rookie point guard say they've never seen anything like the competitiveness that drives him.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens wants to see consistency out of some of his rotation players.

Five things we can learn from the Celtics’ meaningless final regular-season games

Coach Brad Stevens will be looking for players to separate themselves and earn meaningful minutes for the postseason.

According to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert, expansion discussions could begin in earnest next year.

It’s been 25 years, and Boston still doesn’t have a WNBA franchise. That likely won’t change anytime soon

The league is expected to consider expansion, and women's sports are in a growth spurt, but there is no buzz for a team here.

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Jayson Tatum (center) seemed to be the only Celtics player who tried -- to no avail -- to take the fight to the Cavaliers in a 102-94 loss Wednesday night in Cleveland.

After the latest head-scratching loss, no team should fear the Celtics in the playoffs

Wednesday night's 102-94 loss to the Cavaliers, which had lost 11 in a row, was the Celtics' 11th setback this season against a lowly lottery team.

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In his return to Cleveland, Tristan Thompson (left), who played his first nine seasons with the Cavaliers, guards Collin Sexton Wednesday night.

Celtics bound for play-in tournament, and other observations from loss to Cavaliers

With their slim hopes at the sixth seed in the East dashed, the Celtics have to hold on to the No. 7 spot if they want to host a play-in game.