5 Keys to Watch as Celtics Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half

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5 Keys to Watch as Celtics Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half
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The Boston Celtics have not played great basketball through the first 41 games of the year, but the final 41 will be a different story.

Currently sitting one game under .500, the Celtics haven’t been their normal selves in 2012-13. But despite the rough start to the season, they sit 3.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs.

What has slowed Boston has been inconsistent play from a wide variety of players as well as poor team play. The Celtics have been adequate at home and poor on the road. They’ve lost four straight after winning six games in a row. They had lost four consecutive games prior to that. They get streaky in both good and bad ways.

Well, it’s time to make a playoff push as the second half of the seasons starts on Thursday, Jan. 4 against the New York Knicks. Here’s how the Celtics can do it.

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