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Celtics notebook: It’s tricky handling Knicks’ pressure on ball

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The Celtics were once again in a precarious position during the second half of their Game 4 win Sunday against the New York Knicks at TD Garden.

For much of the half, they had no primary ballhandler on the court.

Forwards Jeff Green and Brandon Bass were out there, along with center Kevin Garnett, as well as Jason Terry and Paul Pierce, who are scorers first and foremost.

And it was around this point that the Knicks, who lead the first-round playoff series, 3-1, heading into Wednesday’s Game 5 in New York, started to turn up their defensive pressure, which has routinely thrown off the Celtics this series.

It did again Sunday, specifically in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 97-90 overtime win.

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