Before P.J. Brown became the modern standard by which all Celtics veteran free agent acquisitions are judged, there was some question as to whether the veteran power forward still had game.



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Paul Pierce was right about two things:

1. It didn’t matter if the Celtics won big just as long as they won at home.
 



JESSICA CAMERATO

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There is a certain rhythm to the Celtics pregame routine that is rarely ever interrupted. For the 40 or so minutes before the game when the locker room is open to the press certain mores are understood and respected.



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The Celtics don’t need to care about style points right now, which is good because there weren’t many to be had Tuesday night in Detroit.



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Time was short Monday afternoon after the Celtics practice, which was just as well because the answers to the problems that have plagued the team for the last two months were as up in the air as the impending plane ride to Detroit.



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Blowing the lead to the championship-contending Cavaliers was bad.

Blowing the lead a team that came into the Garden with five wins was worse.



JESSICA CAMERATO

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Here were the Celtics cruising right along with a nice little lead and Rajon Rondo making like a cross between Earl Monroe and Clyde Frazier.



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“Just come in and just be Nate.”



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There was a surreal quality to the Celtics' 110-106 win (click here for recap) over the Knicks Tuesday night at TD Garden.



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The Celtics entered the All-Star break in a slump, plagued by injuries in the first half and struggling to put together four quarters of basketball. There were even talks of breaking up the Big Three and dealing Ray Allen for younger talent.



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