Celtics, Nets in unexpected places

Teams enter first post-blockbuster meeting after surprising starts to their seasons

Updated: December 10, 2013, 8:46 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- Boston Celtics guard Keith Bogans still is friendly with many players on the Brooklyn Nets. He often trades text messages with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche, and is well aware of the team's early struggles.

A wry smile forms when he's asked about the fact that Boston's "rebuilding" team currently sits atop the Atlantic Division with a three-game lead over the so-called dream team that he was traded from.

"Whoever would have thought when the trade ...

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