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The Boston Celtics have won four of their last six contests, but lost their final game before the All-Star break against the San Antonio Spurs last night at TD Garden, 104-92. The Celtics will not play again until February 19th to play the Phoenix Suns to begin a four-game road trip.
Celtics starting to win
With a four-game win streak encompassing nearly two weeks, the Celtics looked to be gaining some momentum against the weak Eastern Conference competition. Even without Rajon Rondo and an ailing Avery Bradley, the Celtics were able to put teams like the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks away in the second half.
With the trade deadline next Friday, the Celtics will need to showcase their talented players if they hope to deal veterans such as Brandon Bass, Jeff Green and Rondo in order to get something of comparable value back. Danny Ainge may be sitting Rondo to put his team in position to get a high draft pick, but they could get even more talent if the better players prove they can be an asset to a contender in either conference.
Chris Johnson back for multiple seasons
Johnson either had to signed for the rest of the season or allowed to go elsewhere an the Celtics valued him so much that he is is now signed through the 2016-17 season, The final three years of the contract are not guaranteed which means it will cost the Celtics nothing if he gets cut to start the beginning of next season.
Sure, the 23-year-old has been solid off the bench, but has not received much playing time since re-signing with the team late last week. His 7.1 point per game average will not jump off the page, but he has some intangibles that make him invaluable to any team in the NBA from just watching him play this season.
The Celtic have one game at Phoenix over the next seven days and should win it if Green can come up big like he has in recent weeks.