Nothing about this season has been easy for the Celtics, and their plan for a stunning postseason won't be either.
From a sleepy start that saw them trying to integrate a variety of new pieces, to three season-ending injuries in the middle of the year, the punches continue coming in for Boston. With no Rajon Rondo, a ton of their postseason cache is out the window, along with a lot of the team's explosiveness.
The Celtics will have to rely on other things, like veteran experience and an elite coach, to advance. Seeding continues to be jumbled in the middle of the Eastern Conference, so it is tough to predict where the Celtics will end up.
Wherever that is, the first-round matchup will not be a pleasant one for whoever draws them. The Celtics have a lot of passion going into this postseason and continue to be one of the more dangerous teams in the league.