It's safe to say that 2012 has been a bumpy year for the Boston Celtics, but they need to get it together in 2013 and win some important games.
Thanks to the National Basketball Association's 82-game schedule, it's more about how you finish than how you start. So while the Celtics are struggling to establish themselves as a top threat now, they still have plenty of time to turn their season around.
However, in order to do so, they must win five key games. The must-win games vary from contests against Eastern Conference heavyweights to matches with long-time rivals.
The Celtics need to build all the momentum they can leading up to the postseason. In 2011-12, Boston turned around a sluggish start to end up with the best record in the league following All-Star break. This year's Celtics can run the same path, as long as they are consistent.
The Boston Celtics have had their share of losses in 2012, but winning key games in 2013 could turn their season around.