Don't laugh. As unbelievable as it seems, the Celtics may still have one more gasp left in them for an 18th title.
Certainly, a three-game winning streak against the likes of Washington, Charlotte and Utah is nothing to write home about. The last good team they played, Philly last Friday night, ran them off the court. And after a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, their next six games are as follows: Miami, San Antonio, at Chicago, at Indiana, Philly, at Miami.
This upcoming stretch could spell the end for the C's, who will still probably creep into the postseason even if they go 1-5, but would then be faced with playing either the Bulls or Heat in the first round.
But at 13-5 since the All-Star break (the third best mark in the NBA over that span), they do have some things going in their favor with the playoffs fast approaching. Here are a few of them.