Boston Celtics defeat New Jersey Nets, 105-85

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Celtics are playing playoff basketball.

Make that faux playoff basketball.

Coach Doc Rivers approached last week as a sort of playoff dry run, complete with bulletin-board motivational techniques, the Celtics (33-9) responding with a four-game winning streak that included a 105-85 victory over the New Jersey Nets yesterday.

But the playoffs are not likely to be this easy. The Toronto Raptors were the victims last Sunday (94-88) and Monday ...