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Loss to Suns will be a learning tool

Celtics' tough 8-game stretch hasn't allowed much practice time

Updated: November 7, 2009, 8:22 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- These Celtics are competitors, so Friday's first loss of the season stung.

But these Celtics are also humans, and, as has been noted numerous times already this young campaign, an aging set of humans at that. So, forced to open the season with a grueling slate of eight games in 12 days, the Green set a simple goal: Survive.

Sure, it doesn't exactly sound like the rally cry of a team with aspirations of challenging the 1995-96 Bulls' NBA single-season record of 72 wins. But ...

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