The Celtics can't win a title without Kevin Garnett (AP)Feeling better more than a week later?

Headaches nearly gone? No more ringing in the ears? How about the double vision?



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Luol Deng and the Bulls took the action right to Paul Pierce and the tired Celtics Thursday night. (AP)The Celtics locker room was quiet. Many of the players already had left, silently filing out without any expression on their faces.

Yet they didn't have to say anything. Doc Rivers summed it up in just one sentence.



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Brian Scalabrine filled in admirably for Kevin Garnett, scoring 11 points in the Celtics' rout of the Nets. (AP)At times this season, the Celtics have struggled against mediocre teams. Fortunately for them, the Nets aren’t mediocre. They’re awful. It’s been a long time since epic Nets failures of the past such as Dennis Hopson and Dave Feitl roamed what is now called the Izod Center.



Joe Johnson scored 36 points to lead the Hawks past the Celtics Monday night. (AP)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. The lesson from Monday night: Don’t get thrown out.



Hawks guard Mike Bibby is no fan favorite in Boston. (AP)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.)
 
The Celtics have won seven straight against the Raptors and have not lost to them since January 23, 2008.
 



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Marvin Williams (right) and the Hawks once again got the better of Ray Allen's Celtics. (AP)In the Eastern Conference hierarchy, the Magic have what the Celtics want and the Cavaliers have their attention. But it’s the Hawks that seem to bring out the best and the worst in the Celtics.



Rajon Rondo lays in the game-tying alley-oop at the end of regulation in Wednesday night's victory over the Heat. (AP)Paul Pierce, welcome back. Rajon Rondo, it's like you never left.



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Rasheed Wallace (left) has picked up his play as Paul Pierce and other Celtics have been bitten by the injury bug. (AP)After the Celtics got run off the court by the Phoenix Suns, Kendrick Perkins went to Rasheed Wallace and told the veteran big man that now was the time for him to be a leader.



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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