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Not better with age

After five years of renewed rivalry, Celtics and Lakers in transition

Updated: January 30, 2013, 4:39 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Throughout an unattractive season, there is something beautiful in watching the Boston Celtics. The beauty lies in their haunting, collective mortality, of watching great players struggling to reach a level they once did routinely. The result has been a season of frustration and mediocrity, and bittersweet finality that has included their Hall of Fame-destined captain barely being able to dribble in the clutch twice in the past week, blowing a 27-point lead to Atlanta, and needing overtime at ...

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