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Should spate of injuries change our expectations for Celtics?

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When the season began, the Celts were on everyone's short list to be the team in the East to finally dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers. In addition to the aforementioned Hayward (dislocated left ankle), who is not expected back this season, Boston has also lost key reserve Daniel Theis (torn meniscus, left knee) for the season. — Marcus Smart has a torn tendon in his right hand and will get a second opinionto see what are his options, if any, on how to play with the injury.

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Providence’s Friar Dom, the NCAA tournament’s creepiest mascot, was born from death

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Friar Dom was born from the ashes of a dead Dalmatian. PC rode Friar of What-Ho and his successors, Friar Boy I, II, III and IV, to unprecedented success, winning two 1963 National Invitational Tournament championships on the backs of Lenny Wilkens, John Thompson and future Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. Providence College mascot Friar Dom melts faces.

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Short-handed Celtics will need to find a way to get it done

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As we hit this final stretch of the regular season, it's not all that unusual to see some whacky lineups riddled with unproven, inexperienced players getting major burn while the team's core players are on the bench. The Boston Celtics are going to adapt a similar strategy, but not by choice. Gordon Hayward (dislocated left ankle) remains out.

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The Lakers are a better free-agent destination for LeBron James than the Cavaliers

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Let’s get this out of the way: The Los Angeles Lakers are now a better free-agent destination for LeBron James than the Cleveland Cavaliers. James toured through L.A. this past weekend with the Cavs, suffering losses to both the Clippers and Lakers — the latter of which wasn’t so much a stake in the heart of this debate as it was a helpful reminder — and said all the right things, as he’s done since training camp, when questions of his free agency began in earnest. Only, this season has been imploding since early December, and time could come earlier than anyone anticipated after the Cavaliers came off a third straight NBA Finals trip last June.

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Three Things to Know: Forget the top seed, Celtics need to rest, get healthy

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Every day in the NBA there is a lot to unpack, so every weekday morning throughout the season we will give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA. 1) Injury bug hits Celtics hard, focus now needs to be on getting healthy, not top seed. The Boston Celtics are 3.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the East, four games back in the loss column.

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