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C's hope adversity makes them stronger

Celtics players are desperate for answers amid slide, but Rivers sees positive steps

Updated: January 30, 2010, 4:08 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

ATLANTA -- Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen is one of the most thoughtful and eloquent speakers in the league. Unlike some of his peers who simply rehash the same tired cliches, Allen often listens to a question, takes a moment to digest the information, and produces an insightful response.

After Friday's 100-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, even Allen didn't have words to describe the Celtics' recent struggles. He could only shrug when asked why Boston has fared so poorly against the brass ...

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