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NBA ahead: San Antonio at Boston

Legitimate contenders, the Spurs face a Celtics team that has been hit by injuries.

January 01, 2011


Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

Even with the Celtics down three starters, this will be a challenge for the Spurs, the surprise contenders who have been as legitimate as Boston and Miami, not to mention the Lakers, who are choking in their dust.

The Spurs have been going small with Tim Duncan kicking back and rookie Tiago Splitter being eased in.

Not that it works as well in Boston where the Celtics, who weigh so much more, really throw their beef around.

Deeper though they may be, the Celtics lost three of four as Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo joined Kendrick Perkins on the sideline with the Heat hot on their trail.

With Shaquille O'Neal, Nate Robinson and Glen Davis in the starters' shoes, they're about to see whether anyone can hold this fort.

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