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Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  November 20, 2013 06:07 PM

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Celtics would love to snap their four-game losing streak, but it may take a miracle for that to happen against the Spurs here Wednesday night.

The Spurs have won seven straight games, including their last four by an average of 19.3 points. They haven't lost since Nov. 2 against Portland.

The Celtics, meanwhile, are reeling after a 109-85 loss to the Rockets at Houston Tuesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens will mix up the lineup by playing Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger, his two young forwards, ahead of forward Brandon Bass and center Vitor Faverani. It's a move he hopes will lead to a better start for the Celtics, who trailed the Rockets, 18-1, in the first quarter of Tuesday's game.

Starting lineups
BOSTON (4-8)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Kelly Olynyk
C Jared Sullinger

Inactives: Rajon Rondo

SAN ANTONIO (9-1)
PG Tony Parker
SG Danny Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Tim Duncan
C Tiago Splitter

Inactives: None

Officials: Ed Malloy, Mark Ayotte, David Guthrie

Game time: 8:30 p.m.

TV, radio: Comcast SportsNet, WBZ-FM (98.5).

Pregame notes:

• Jeff Green is averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game, but he has scored just 6 total in the last two games, shooting a combined 2 of 13 from the floor.

• The Spurs have the NBA's third-best scoring defense, giving up just 89.3 points per game. The Celtics are 26th in scoring, averaging just 93.4 points per game. Expect the Spurs defense to hold the Celtics to some low figures.

• This game closes out a back-to-back set and a three-game road trip. The Celtics return home to play the powerhouse Indiana Pacers Friday at TD Garden before going on a two-game road trip, facing the Hawks in Atlanta Saturday and then the Bobcats in Charlotte Monday.

• The Spurs have won three straight games against the Celtics.

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