The Boston Celtics are just one game over .500 but don’t count them out as NBA Finals contenders just yet.
Boston has been inconsistent the entire year which has led to a spot in the standings that it isn’t very familiar with. In the last couple of years, the Celtics have sat near the top of the Eastern Conference for the entire season, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case at all in 2012-13.
Although the Celtics have been playing well defensively, allowing the eighth-fewest points per game, they’ve had issues scoring. Boston only averages 95.2 points per game, the ninth-fewest in the NBA.
One of the main reasons Boston has 17 losses, so far, is because the Celtics are horrendous at grabbing rebounds. Boston averages 38.7 boards per game which puts them in dead last compared to the rest of the league.
But despite Boston’s struggles through the first 35 games of the season, the Celtics are still in the playoff hunt. They will likely still clinch a postseason berth—barring it may be a low seed—but teams better still watch out as Boston is the dark horse this year.