The Celtics have played the Hawks three times now, and each game has served a painful lesson. The first defeat taught the Celtics that if they didn’t play with energy, they would get crushed. The second showed that the Celtics had to work to match the Hawks physically.



For all of you who have been booing Mike Bibby for the past two seasons, don't worry — he's heard you. The thing is, he wouldn't have been able to have a 12-year career in the NBA if he succumbed to every jeer thrown his way.



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Plain and simple, the Celtics have the Raptors’ number.
 
The C’s continued their domination with a 114-107 victory on Sunday in Toronto. (Recap.)
 



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In the Eastern Conference hierarchy, the Magic have what the Celtics want and the Cavaliers have their attention.



Paul Pierce, welcome back. Rajon Rondo, it's like you never left.



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After the Celtics got run off the court by the Phoenix Suns, Kendrick Perkins went to Rasheed



A brown suit hung in Paul Pierce's locker.
 
It may not have been a green and white uniform like the ones hanging his teammates' lockers, but it represented his role on the Celtics just the same.
 



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There was obvious concern before the game.



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The losing streak is now three games, and while there were extenuating circumstances, this was the worst loss of the three. Yes the injuries are piling up and yes, the trip was long and tiring, but the Celtics had less pop than day-old champagne and provided decidedly less buzz.



In time, 2009 will be viewed as a bridge year for the Celtics.