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Celtics' pace affected without Garnett

Boston has struggled under slower pace while the veteran has been sidelined

Updated: January 15, 2011, 11:49 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

One of the below-the-radar battles in any NBA game is the tug-of-war for pace of play. Rarely does it get spotlighted unless a team like the New York Knicks, operating under coach Mike D'Antoni's "seven seconds or less" offensive philosophy, meets a team like the Portland Trail Blazers that prefers each game be played at the speed of a muddy tractor pull.

The Boston Celtics rank in the bottom third of the NBA in pace this season, averaging 90.8 possessions per game, nearly two possessions ...

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