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Never mind. The Celtics won. Jeff Green put the team on his shoulders and scored a season-high 39 points, while the Wizards wilted with a display of selfish basketball. Boston blew a 19-point first-half lead, but Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night for the 113-111 victory that snapped a 10-game road losing streak. ‘‘Lot of reasons to give up,’’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ‘‘And they didn’t do that.’’ Green shot early and often, finishing with career-highs in 3-pointers attempted (16) and made (8). Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points. The Celtics played without Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless and at one point had Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, both on 10-day contracts, on the floor together in the second quarter. ‘‘I just put myself in the position where I had to be the man to carry the team and shoot the ball,’’ Green said. ‘‘So that’s what I did.’’ Boston Globe

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Rondo’s teammates said he has done his best to keep them upbeat lately. “He’s one of the most positive guys in the locker room,” said Avery Bradley, who scored a game-high 25 points against Portland. It’s hard, not only being a young team, but going through adversity sometimes, guys can go their separate ways, but having veterans like him and Keith [Bogans] and Gerald [Wallace], they’ve been keeping us all together and letting us know that if we just keep working, we can turn this thing around. We lost eight in a row, we can turn it around and win eight in a row,” Bradley added. “We just have to stay positive and keep working.” Boston Globe

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Stevens said that Bradley has become more of an offensive threat than at any point in his career, an undeniable truth even if Bradley is only in his fourth NBA season. What excites Stevens most is that there is still plenty of room for Bradley to improve on offense. “I do think expanding and extending that range at the top of the key will be kind of the next step for him, to shoot those shots consistently, whether it’s off the bounce or off the pass,” Stevens said. “But he’s really picking his spots and shooting the ball exceptionally well.” Boston Globe

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"I think because I worked and I don’t really say much, I just kinda come in, get my work in, and I think he respected that," said Bradley. "And once I got a chance to play and I was succeeding because of my hard work, he kinda respected me for that and it made him want to continue to help me become a professional, on and off the court. He was just the perfect role model for a lot of guys on the team. KG was the best teammate I ever had." Bradley said he's talked with Garnett occasionally since the trade and said Garnett offers encouragement whenever Bradley is playing well. Asked if it's hard to watch his former teammate struggle amidst the Nets' slow start, Bradley says he's been too locked in on Boston's schedule to pay too much attention to what the Nets are doing. ESPN.com

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Half of their 12 losses have been by six or seven points, and Bradley knows Rondo’s return could mean the difference between competing regularly and winning regularly. “It could be big for us. I know once Rondo comes back, a lot of teams are going to hate to play the Celtics,” Bradley said. WEEI.com

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Bradley told RealGM he never got a sense about whether an extension was close, and his approach has kept him from straying in focusing on the season – separating himself from the way contract discussions impacted Gordon Hayward. “I can’t read the future,” Bradley said, “but all I can control is improving every single game, improving for my team.” RealGM

Out of Boston and onto Brooklyn, Pierce and Garnett understood leaders on their former team would be newly cultivated. As much as anything, Bradley heard from them that being a foundational part of the Celtics’ rebuild wouldn’t be easy – that there’s a preciousness to patience, to discipline. “They told me this was going to be hard,” Bradley told RealGM. “At some point in their careers, they both played on teams that were very young, and that’s how our team is now. It takes time, but if everybody buys into what we’re trying to do, everything works out.” RealGM

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Avery Bradley: "Our star players were traded this offseason when KG [Kevin Garnett] and Paul [Pierce] went to Brooklyn. I was heartbroken. Being here with those guys for years, I learned a lot from them. They kind of became my older brothers. So it was hard to see them leave but all you can do is wish them the best. I hope that they do well." ESPN.com

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