|Posted by B-PAUL on April 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM|
Since early March Celtics fans everywhere have been keeping a close eye on the Eastern Conference standings. Up until the last week it's pretty safe to say that we all wanted the C's to grab that #3 spot. That would mean one extra round to get ready for the team with the best record in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as avoiding the red hot Milwaukee Bucks.
Now that a week has passed a few things have happened that really made me wonder: Do we even want the three seed anymore? First things first, an unfortunate event happened at the Bradley Center this past week. During their win over the Suns on Saturday night, Bucks center Andrew Bogut suffered a season ending injury when he fell to the ground and suffered a broken hand, dislocated elbow, and sprained wrist.
Although you never want to see a player suffer an injury like this, it could be good news for the Celtics if they were to play them in the first round of the playoffs. Dating back to last season Bogut has been a Celtics killer, he is a guy who makes Kendrick Perkins work, and most of the time he gets the better of "Big Perk". If the Celtics were to get the #4 seed, and Milwaukee remained in the #5 slot, it would be a much easier first round than expected. It would also mean avoiding a red hot Miami Heat team that has won eight games in a row.
So now, let's say they escape the first round. Now they have Cleveland or Orlando waiting for them, dependent upon if the Celtics get the #3 or #4 seed. The Celtics are capable of beating both of these teams in a seven game series IF they play at their highest level. But, with that being said the Celtics split the series against Cleveland 2-2, while dropping the season series to Orlando 3-1.
In the two losses against Cleveland the Celtics played with them for the better part of the games. In one game the Celtics blew a double digit lead, and in the other the C's lost after staying close for most of the game. In the latest battle between the two teams the Celtics dominated for 38 minutes before giving up the lead and eventually taking the lead back to seal the victory. Factoring in Cleveland's recent performance in the playoffs, and the motivation the Celtics will have to beat these guys, it may not be a bad thing if the C's end up with the fourth seed.
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