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Celtics still looking for swagger

Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce hope team finds identity as trip begins in Brooklyn

Updated: December 24, 2012, 12:05 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- It has been about a month since Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers suggested that his team was "soft" after being manhandled by the Brooklyn Nets in late November. The one time the Celtics pushed back that night, Rajon Rondo ended up with a two-game suspension.

The Celtics have played more inspired ball since then, hell-bent on erasing Rivers' doughy declaration, but their record is no better. The Celtics have lost six of their last 11 games and will trek to Brooklyn for ...

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