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Bench could be the difference for Celtics

Stronger reserve unit puts Boston in better position to win Banner No. 18

Updated: March 20, 2011, 6:18 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Reserves for the Boston Celtics have combined for 39 points in each of the team's past three games. It might not sound like an overwhelming amount, particularly not for a group that combined for a season-high 60 points in a win over the Raptors back in early January, but consider the following:

Only six times over the Celtics' first 65 games did Boston score 40 bench points or more.

Those 39 points are a dozen more than the team's season average of 27 bench points per game (22nd in ...

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