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Celtics' matchups have playoff feel

Updated: April 5, 2011, 2:41 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Call it a postseason appetizer. During a four-game stretch over the next six days, the Boston Celtics will play the three Eastern Conference teams they likely will have to beat in order to get back to the NBA Finals.

Unlike the postseason, Boston doesn't necessarily have to win these three games. Of course, it wouldn't hurt their cause, given the jockeying for postseason seeding.

If the playoffs started Monday and top seeds won out, the Celtics' projected ...

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