Celtics projecting confidence as losses pile up

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Tim BontempsESPN

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have just eight games remaining in their regular season.

Perhaps they need someone to tell them that.

After dropping their fourth game in a row — losing 115-96 to the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden on Sunday night — Boston is now two full games behind the Indiana Pacers for home court in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, and remains mired in the same cycle of inconsistency that has dogged them all season long.

Rather than being concerned about it, though, the Celtics remain convinced — or, at minimum, are projecting an air of confidence — that, when the playoffs begin, they will be just fine.

“We’re all trying to — we got a lot of guys back, and we’re all trying to figure out exactly what everybody’s favorite things to do and what spots that everybody excels at and make sure we get everybody in the right position,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. “We’re still fooling with it. But I see great progress, and I’m excited, I’m ecstatic, and I’m happy with what we’re doing.

“Yeah, we’ve been losing, and it’s

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