|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 25, 2013 at 5:45 AM|
The Celtics have dug a 1-3 hole on their last west coast trip of the season. With one more game on this trip,and with the Celtics facing a playoff run on the road. The captain simply said this, 'We got to start preparing for the playoffs'. Doc said this as well a few days ago.
"Listen we’re not going to be a 1 seed, we know that, so we just want to be a seed," Rivers said before Friday's game in Phoenix, acknowledging that a road-heavy schedule (18 of Boston's 30 games after the All-Star break are on the road) makes climbing the Eastern Conference playoff ladder all the more difficult.
Doc likes the possibility of getting higher, but as always for the Celtics health is key for anything around here. The Celtics are off seven of the following eight days. Doc can rest guys,and teach the new guys more of the offense,and defensive schemes.
"The neat thing is that we are very close to the fifth seed," Rivers pointed out on Friday, his team now actually a mere 3½ games behind fourth-seeded Brooklyn (and three games behind both Atlanta and Chicago). "But [the focus is] going to be health now for sure for us."
I said it in a recent post, and I'll say it again. I want to avoid Miami as long as possible. Last season Bosh was out for a good chunk of the East Finals. What if Miami gets a key injury to one of the Big Three? Anything can happen right? I think the Celtics best option is to get the 6th,or 7th seed. They'll have to be on the road, and the road will already be hard enough without Rondo. This will be the Celtics hardest run at a title. They love being underdogs,and perhaps Jason Terry hit the nail on the head when he said the Celtics have hearts of a champion. Even if the Celtics have been a poor road team this season. They've done well in the past. Of course it's hard to say if they'll do well this season. They are without Rondo,and Ray is gone. So it's hard to say how well they'll do.