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Links to articles on the Boston Celtics from around the web.

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The Celtics dropped the 2nd half of a back-to-back, looking tired and out of sorts. They have a few days of rest and the Suns to look forward to. For now, here are some links.

Herald

“As I get further into the season my ankle will get stronger and stronger, and then that will translate into confidence going to the rim, and challenging bigs and things like that,” said the Celtics forward. “I still think I’m not there yet on that front. I’ve made a lot of strides as far as my movement is concerned. But I’m still not fully confident as far as challenging bigs at the rim, going for alley-oops and stuff, and getting as high as I’m capable of.”

NBC Boston

During their eight-game winning streak, Boston’s passing game was among the best in the NBA. During the eight-game streak, Boston averaged a 322.1 passes per game which ranked fourth in the league. But the ball didn’t swing around nearly as much against the Pistons. The Celtics had 280 passes against Detroit according to NBA.com/stats, which is more along the lines of their season average (292.7) which ranks 15th in the NBA.

Celtics.com

Saturday night, Detroit became the fourth consecutive Celtics opponent to score at least 53 points during the first half on at least 45.2 percent shooting. Overall during the four games, Boston’s opponents averaged 55.3 points on a combined 47.6 percent shooting during first halves. The Pistons tallied 57 first-half points on 52.4 percent shooting.