On Tuesday both Chicago and Detroit lost their respective games. As of now both of these teams are sitting just outside the playoffs, so any loss for these teams is not good. However, one good thing about these teams losing for Celtics fans is the with both of those teams losing the Celtics clinch their 3rd consecutive playoff appearance.
A couple years ago this would be incredible news for Boston fans whose goal was just to see their team make the playoffs. But now after being knocked out of the playoffs in the first round of each of the past two years Celtics fans want more. Making the playoffs is only a stepping stone to a bigger goal. Due to the incredible season that the Celtics are having, holding the #2 seed, fans believe they can make it to the Eastern Conference Finals and will accept nothing less.
Adding Al Horford in the offseason was a big pick up for the Celtics and he will definitely help in trying to get them past the first round this year. I think that as long as Isaiah Thomas continues to stay incredible hot and Avery Bradley stays healthy an Eastern Conference Finals run is very possible. The Celtics proved that they have what it takes to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals recently with a 110-102 win over the Washington Wizards, who they might most likely play in the second round of the playoffs. A big win like that proves that they might just have what it takes to make a run at the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as everybody stays healthy.
As the end of the regular season draws near to the end a very interesting situation is developing. The Celtics are only 1 game back of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the #1 seed in the conference. It will be very interesting to see if the Celtics can continue to win games and have Cleveland maybe slip up for the Celtics to take the top seed. In my opinion if the Celtics were to play the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals I don’t think that home court advantage would have a big effect on the series because I think that if it is a 7-game series against the Celtics, LeBron James will find a way to win. Now that’s just my opinion a lot of other people do believe that if Boston can get the #1 seed that it will be a very interesting series and possibly the Celtics will come out on top. It will be very interesting to see if the Celtics can make the push for the #1 seed, but if they can’t the Celtics are still in a very good spot going into the playoffs.