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.



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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.



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



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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.



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“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.



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On Monday night, the Celtics celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the TD Garden.



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