The Boston Celtics will enter Tuesday’s action with a 31-27 record and while that record isn’t exactly championship-worthy on the surface, it is enough for Boston to be seventh in the Eastern Conference right now. The Celtics are going to make the playoffs without any doubt unless they have a huge collapse with a seven-game difference between eighth place and ninth place in the conference. There is one thing that the Celtics now must try to achieve with the playoffs fairly locked up: finding a way to secure home court advantage in the first round.
Boston is just two games behind the Chicago Bulls for the fourth seed right now and with five teams within three games of each other for the final five spots, there is going to be a fight during the last 20 games for who gets that coveted final home court spot in round one. This is a time where Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce need to step up their games even more without Rajon Rondo.
Boston has the playoff experience to make life difficult on any team they play when the playoffs start and while it appears that the Miami Heat are leaps and bounds ahead of every other team in the Eastern Conference, a second-round matchup between those two teams would still be a treat to watch. If Boston can improve on their rebounding and can start scoring some more points, the Celtics can get that fourth seed and can be at home to start the playoffs. This isn’t the time to be resting players. It is the time to seize the chance in front of the team.