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The Boston Celtics and the Keys for Winning Banner No. 18
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Following the trade of Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Celtics fans were united in their disgust. Supposedly this was a gaffe of epic proportions, a whopper of a blunder the city had not witnessed since the commencement of the Big Dig or a ball trickling through a certain first baseman’s legs.

Almost out of spite, the Celtics went on to win five out of six games to temporarily silence the wrath of the Gang Green faithful.

This turned out to be an aberration, as Boston since has gone 7-8 down the stretch, their chances at the top seed and home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs all but evaporated.

Losses to perennial lottery draft pick contenders like the Nets, Bobcats and the Clippers cranked up the volume of the front office’s critics exponentially, leaving GM Danny Ainge to wonder whether he had just traded the Freedom Trail.

The Boston Celtics went through a similar funk last season, although a spirited playoff run would find them only one win and five points short of another championship. This year, the Celtics still have the right horses in the stable to win coveted No. 18, although their recent sluggish performances suggest the barn may be running out of hay. These are the adjustments the Celtics will have to make to compete for this year’s NBA title.

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