To play or not to play, that is the question.
And down the stretch they come. The Celtics are finishing strong and peaking at just about the perfect time. They've still got some games left to play though. So while it is looking like they've got the 4 seed wrapped up, there are things like home court advantage still need to be worked out.
Winning the division does not guarantee homecourt advantage and all three teams have 25 losses, but as division winners the Celtics would own the tiebreaker if they finish in a tie, regardless of head-to-head matchups. Catching Indiana for the third seed, which would have been a longshot when the weekend began, was essentially put out of reach when the C’s lost to the Raptors on Friday. The Pacers are up three in the loss column and have five of their remaining six games at home. That leaves the Celtics on the Bulls’ side of the bracket, but that’s a problem for another day.
Let us look at the rest of the games. How many of the 5 do you think they'll win?
Next 5 Games
|@ New York||Tue 04/17||8:00 PM EDT|
|Orlando||Wed 04/18||8:00 PM EDT|
|@ Atlanta||Fri 04/20||7:00 PM EDT|
|Miami||Tue 04/24||8:00 PM EDT|
|Milwaukee||Thu 04/26||8:00 PM EDT|
Last 5 Games
|@ Charlotte||Sun 04/15||W 94 - 82|
|@ New Jersey||Sat 04/14||W 94 - 82|
|@ Toronto||Fri 04/13||L 79 - 84|
|Atlanta||Wed 04/11||W 88 - 86|
|@ Miami||Tue 04/10||W 115 - 107|
Should be some interesting games. New York is still fighting for playoff positioning, Orlando is looking for something good to happen without Dwight, Atlanta is also looking for home court, and Miami is trying to get on track. Even Milwaukee might be trying to sneak into the playoffs at that point. Or maybe none of the games will matter much to anyone. It just depends on how the rest of the schedule plays out for everyone.