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Celtics leave the door open

They again make their lives more difficult by not finishing off Hawks

Updated: May 9, 2012, 7:41 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

ATLANTA -- The Boston Celtics will have to do it the hard way. It's really the only way they know how.

Allergic to simplicity, the Celtics couldn't close out their Eastern Conference first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Philips Arena.

The Celtics fumbled away an early double-digit cushion, came out with no urgency in the second half and soon was staring at a double-digit deficit. A feverish late rally came up short when -- maybe appropriately -- ...

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