It’s been a rocky, entertaining, and rather predictable road for the Celtics through their first 54 games. They are an expected 19-35, have struggled to close out games, wilted in others, and surprised in a few.
This is exactly the type of transition season team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge envisioned. Younger players are developing. Rajon Rondo has successfully returned from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, and Brad Stevens has fared well in his first four months as an NBA coach.
The final 28 games will be a fascinating journey. The trade deadline is Thursday and NBA sources said the Celtics are open to making moves to clear salary cap space. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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