The tendency right now is to write off the Celtics.

For the last month, they have been treading water in a sea of mediocrity — and when they had three games to prove themselves against the best the league has to offer, they came up short in all three games.



For all intents and purposes, it was a preseason game with little significance.



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Paul Pierce scored a season-high 35 points, yet the most memorable play of the game was the shot he could not stop.



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Even with Kevin Garnett back in the lineup, the Celtics have been flirting with disaster. With Garnett back, they narrowly escaped against a short-handed Portland team and the mediocre Clippers.



The fans have spoken, and they got the All-Star Game starters mostly correct. The big quibble is with the selection of Allen Iverson, but voting for All-Star teams is one of the few acts of fan democracy left, and if a million or so people want to watch A.I.



Even before the Celtics went into a prolonged funk, Doc Rivers had his doubts about the way his team was playing.



Baron Davis wouldn’t have his way this time.



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Kevin Garnett was introduced to a rousing ovation from the TD Garden crowd. He threw down a dunk in the first quarter and scored nine points in the first nine minutes.



“We didn't finish the game like we were supposed to.”Glen Davis, January 8, following Celtics 93-85 loss to Hawks
 



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It’s not time to panic, but it is time for the Celtics to take stock of their situation.