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State of the Celtics: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce Return; Chris Johnson Earns Second Deal

Chris Johnson  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics have lost three straight contests after the win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Overall, the Celtics went 1-4 over the past nine days and it does not look like they will be in the playoff picture anytime soon. The 15-32 record has them tied for last in the Atlantic Division and tied for the third worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett honored in return

The Brooklyn Nets may have won 85-79 against the Celtics in Kevin Garnett’s and Paul Pierce’s return to TD Garden on Sunday night, but the real winner was their legacies as both future Hall-of-Famers were shown on the jumbotron in tribute videos. Both were emotional all night long and each scored six points and were really non factors; most likely because of all the emotions playing for the Celtics and returning to their home floor for the first time in the 2013-14 season.

Chris Johnson signs another 10-day contract

With 10.4 points per game since his signing back before the Los Angeles Lakers game back on January 17, Chris Johnson has played in five games with 25.8 minutes per contest. This earned him another 10-day deal, which started last night with with four three-point shots going down and 12 points on the night in the 114-88 loss to the New York Knicks.

Johnson has shown great shooting and ball-handling off the bench and should be a great asset moving forward for the Celtics. The second-year player is a valuable player to come off the bench and Brad Stevens has shown faith in the 23-year-old.

Moving Forward

The Celtics play twice over the next seven days against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic at home. It will be the first time the Celtics will face the 76ers in the regular season this year.

Both the Magic and the 76ers are under .500, so both games are winnable. The Celtics will head their three-game slide and will win both these games at home.

Prediction: 2-0

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