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The only thing Friday night’s 95-92 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans proved was that the Celtics remain unable to close out games, as evidenced by three painful home losses over the past two weeks.
The Celtics’ home-heavy December schedule was supposed to allow them to rack up some victories in preparation for their biggest road test in Brad Stevens’s first season as coach. On Sunday at Oklahoma City, the Celtics begin an arduous and challenging five-game trip that will see them as underdogs the entire journey.
The trip continues Tuesday in Denver, and then takes the Celtics to Los Angeles Wednesday for a rematch with the Clippers before ending with a difficult back-to-back — Friday at Golden State and Saturday at Portland.