Originally written February 20, 2013 on NESN.com:
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The arc on Paul Pierce‘s jump shot flattened out and the bounce in Kevin Garnett‘s legs on second efforts disappeared as the second half wore on. By the end, when the two proud Celtics combined to shoot 1-for-7 from the field in the fourth quarter of an arduous loss to the Nuggets, almost nobody in a green jersey had anything left to give. The fact that every Celtic save Garnett had a five-day break thanks to last weekend’s All-Star festivities was meaningless. The thin air of the Rocky Mountains tests the lungs of even the fittest athletes if they are not accustomed to the altitude. When the Celtics were unable to pull away early despite clearly coming out of the gate as the sharper team, it became inherently obvious that they were headed for something resembling the eventual 97-90 outcome. This is how it will be for the Celtics the rest of the season. Prior to the All-Star break, Celtics coach Doc Rivers referenced this five-day western road trip that opens the unofficial second h...
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