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
The Boston Celtics got a huge road win last night as the team defeated the New York Knicks in the Madison Square Garden, 102-96. The great part about this win was the team did it without starting point guard Rajon Rondo who was suspended for the game due to bumping an official in the team’s game last week at the Atlanta Hawks.
The Celtics are back to .500 at 17-17 and the schedule sets up favorably over the rest of the month. They have 11 games remaining this month, 8 of which are at home. They also only play 5 teams with winning records during that time frame as well. If there was ever a time for the team to make a move in the standings, it is now. They are hot, currently on a three game winning streak with all of the wins coming against teams with winning records. If the Celtics can finish off this month strong, they will have the ability rise in the Eastern Conference and cement themselves as a top four seed in the conference come playoff time. The one true thing the team wants to avoid is a first round match-up with the Miami Heat. That would mean that they would have to finish seventh or higher to avoid that situation, which at this current juncture should not be a problem. The best scenario would be to finish as the second or third seed in order to avoid Miami until the Eastern Conference Finals. That is obviously getting way ahead of ourselves.
The Celtics have a very friendly schedule coming up and it is imperative that they perform well during this stretch.