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Celtics shoot down rumors by winning

'Silly season' of trade talk is no laughing matter, but Doc Rivers' team stays unified

Updated: March 3, 2012, 2:55 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The rumors suggest they're about to be torn apart, but all this noise might simply be bringing the Boston Celtics closer together.

An inconsistent and often uninspired first half of the 2011-12 season left Boston's core dangling as the trade winds pick up in advance of the mid-March trade deadline. But while the daily buzz seems to suggest a roster division looms, the Celtics have responded by rallying together, both in shooting down the chatter and playing better basketball.

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