With all of the drama going on with the Anthony Davis rumors, the Celtics still have basketball games to play. With those games to play comes a chance to move up in the Eastern Conference standings.
Where are They at Now?
Right now, the Celtics currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings. They are 3.5 games out of the 2nd seed and 5.5 games out of the 1st seed. It’s not likely, but it still is very possible.
Who can the Celtics Rely On?
Well the first obvious answer is Kyrie Irving. He has had quite the stretch of games lately for the Celtics.
With everything else being centered around Kyrie’s future in Boston, he seems to be doing a great job of being focused on the actual court.
The rest of the pieces seem to be contributing in a rotation. Al Horford has some good games here. Jayson Tatum has some good games there. Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris have found themselves contributing big minutes in the starting unit. The list goes on and on.
Their Immediate Schedule is in Their Favor
The Celtics are 9-1 in their last 10 games. They also have a good schedule this upcoming week which can help them extend their current 4 game winning streak. They have Cleveland tonight, and should win that game easily even without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris, or Aron Baynes.
They have the Lakers at home on Thursday night with LeBron struggling currently to stay healthy. They also have the Clippers on Saturday who are only a few games above .500 at the moment.
The Celtics have a very realistic chance in the East to at least get the 2 seed. Toronto and Milwaukee are both due to go on a bit of a bad stretch while the Celtics have been playing very good basketball since Thanksgiving. The season is about two-thirds of the way over, but it is the final third heading into the playoffs that really matters.
Oh by the way, does this look like the face of a guy that hates Boston?
I just don’t see it!
-Alan Nahigian (BigAl2793)
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