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Head coach Lawrence Frank of the Detroit Pistons points from the sideline during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Head coach Lawrence Frank of the Detroit Pistons points from the sideline during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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(AP) — The Boston Celtics are limping toward the playoffs, and they’re fully aware improvement is necessary to have any success in the postseason.

Their recent performances versus the Detroit Pistons shouldn’t be used as an example.

Boston has a chance to clinch a playoff berth and will have Paul Pierce back in the lineup as it looks to avoid a fifth consecutive loss to visiting Detroit on Wednesday night.

Though season-ending injuries to Rajon Rondo (torn ACL) and Jared Sullinger (back surgery), along with the currently inflamed ankle of Kevin Garnett haven’t made things easy, the Celtics (38-36) are clinging to the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, 1 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.

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