As the 2013 NBA season nears the playoffs, the Boston Celtics continue to roll despite absences to key players Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger. Fueled by team-oriented basketball, a 14-4 run has positioned Boston nicely in its campaign for a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference.
It seems wild to imagine that the Celtics have any shot at a postseason run. If you were told in December that Boston would finish the season without its floor general and only true point guard, you might have given up on the concept of even earning the No. 8 seed.
And if you were told that they would also lose a key big man in an already-deplorable rebounding frontcourt, you'd probably laugh at the notion they would finish the season above .500.
But this team has rallied, and continues to steamroll through its second-half schedule. Coach Doc Rivers and his passionate lineup definitely have grounds for optimism regarding their chances in May and June.
The following factors highlight the reasons Boston has yet another championship race in its proverbial engine.