Much of the focus of the NBA world has been on the Lakers and their struggles, so it may come as a surprise that the Celtics -- who last year were just a game away from the NBA Finals -- have been even worse. Boston lost its fourth straight game Wednesday, falling to 14-17. The Celtics are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, and seem to be lacking for answers. Can they turn it around this season? And have they been more disappointing than their rivals in Los Angeles?

The age old question

This scene has been far too common this season for Celtics stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who are on the wrong side of 30.


Playoff bound?

The Celtics have been an Eastern Conference playoff fixture for the past five years, but are currently in ninth place and falling.


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