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Celtics are playing hard, showing improvement

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The Celtics finished their work night — a 108-100 victory over the Bucks at TD Garden — percentage points ahead of the Toronto Raptors in first place in the Atlantic Division, a position they never expected to occupy after 20 games.

The season is 25 percent over and what we know about these Celtics is they play admirably hard under their new coach. They are prone to mental lapses and turnovers. They are inconsistent. But the players who were left from the team’s demolition and those who were acquired as placeholders as the Celtics prepare for their next title run, are running with their opportunity.

Jordan Crawford has turned into the team’s best distributor, its most clutch shotmaker, and its assist leader, and others have similarly improved.

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