It may be a different sport, but the Red Sox know this situation very well.



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There were five minutes left and the Celtics were down by 10 points when Doc Rivers put his starters back on the floor.



Let me dominate.

That was Dwight Howard's message to head coach Stan Van Gundy following the Orlando Magic's Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics.



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ORLANDO -- The ball had barely ripped through the net and the horn had just finished going off when Glen Big Baby Davis took off down the court like a one-man running of the bulls at Pamplona.



Nearly seven minutes without a field goal.

Ten percent three-point shooting.

Twenty-eight personal fouls.

Nine missed free throws.



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ORLANDO -- Angry isn’t the right word to describe the Celtics mood after getting run out of Amway Arena in Game 3 against the Magic. Disappointed. Frustrated. Those work. 
 



Last season the Celtics biggest challenge was winning on the road. This season it's more complicated. The Celtics biggest challenge isn't just winning away from the Garden -- it's winning consistently.



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Paul Pierce just doesn’t quite look like himself these days.

There are certainly times in the postseason thus far that “The Truth” has surfaced.



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The question before Rajon Rondo about an hour before Game 2 tipped was: Who’s the quickest player in the league? “Beside myself?” Rondo asked, although it was more of a clarifying statement than query.



There are teams that would crumble without their star player. Their offense would collapse and the defensive pressure would diminish. But losing two marquee players? The game would be over before it even began.



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