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In Focus: Celtics down the stretch

Updated: April 2, 2011, 10:33 PM ET
By Greg Payne | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Celtics' quest for the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference might have officially come to an end on Friday night with their 88-83 loss to the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls' 101-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons. With the loss, the Celtics actually slid back into third place behind the Miami Heat, which defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-92 on Friday.

The Celtics now sit a full three games behind the Bulls in the standings and a half game behind Miami with ...

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