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Brad Stevens, the president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, was quite busy leading up to the NBA trade deadline. Is there still work to be done, though?

Before Thursday’s deadline, the Celtics added two players in a single day: guard Jaden Springer from the Philadelphia 76ers and big man Xavier Tillman from the Memphis Grizzlies. Both Tillman and Springer are solid defenders who provide the C’s much-needed depth, but neither one is an offensive game-changer.

Saying that the Celtics’ opening quarter of the season was among their worst doesn’t seem overly dramatic. It wasn’t the day after they’d played, returned from a lengthy trip to the West Coast, or taken the court without a member of their starting six.

They conceded 18 points in the paint, though. They had no transition defence at all. The Wizards, who led only the Detroit Pistons in the NBA standings going into the evening 9-41 and scored 18 points on the fast break, were a prime example of it.

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