Celtics need to show patience

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BOSTON (AP) - When the Boston Celtics parted with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a blockbuster trade, they were left with a huge rebuilding job focused on three areas.

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Those are offense, defense and patience.

Throw in the departure of coach Doc Rivers and the arrival of NBA neophyte Brad Stevens as his replacement and the 17-time NBA champions face a bleak future.

Pierce and Garnett are with the Brooklyn Nets. Rivers is coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. And patience is the priority, especially with star point guard Rajon Rondo still recovering from knee surgery.

Forward Jeff Green says patience is probably one of the top words in the team's vocabulary. He is one of seven holdovers from last season's team that lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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