Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18
If the NBA season ended today, the Boston Celtics would be the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, staring at a match up against Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and the Miami Heat. Now obviously the season doesn’t end today, so the team still has a ton of time to correct and work on its flaws. At this point, the Celtics just have to hope that they can get a top five seed in the conference. The goal would be to not play Miami in the first or second rounds. That would need to be an Eastern Conference Finals matchup. It will be extremely difficult to beat them regardless, but you certainly do not want to play them until the latest possible series.
Right now, the Celtics just need to make the playoffs. They have looked like garbage for a number of games this season and clearly do not look like a team that can get to the Finals. Like I mentioned, there is still a ton of time left and the team could certainly get it going again, but there has not been much evidence to point in that direction. The good part for Celtics fans is this organization has proven that they can turn on the jets near the end of the season. Last season, they played .500 basketball for most of the year and were still only within one game of advancing to the championship round. This team, however, just appears to be missing something, most notably another big man. Trading one of their guards, say Courtney Lee, might do the team well. Trading from strength is always an advantage, especially to acquire a player that can cure a weakness.
The Celtics are certainly not dead at this current stage in the game, but they need to stop treading water and need to right the ship as the season continues to move forward.