With only 10 regular-season games remaining, the Boston Celtics must finish with a bang in April.
As the playoffs draw closer, Boston's issues have become more evident. Injuries, rebounding disparities and sloppy, inconsistent play on both ends of the floor have contributed to an 8-7 mark for the month (as of March 29). The Celtics started off hot with a four-game winning streak, but losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat completely derailed the Celtics.
After just barely sliding by the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 27, thanks to a last-second drive by Jeff Green, Boston ended its five-game skid. Then it overwhelmed the Atlanta Hawks, 118-107, led by Green's 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting.
But the Celtics have still lost seven of their last 11 contests. And they still face the New York Knicks on Sunday, March 31. Based on the current set of circumstances, and the fact that these squads are headed in different directions, this article presupposes that they lose that game.
That would leave Boston 38-35, three games above .500 with nine April games left on the docket. They still sit in the seventh seed, currently two-and-a-half games above the Milwaukee Bucks, and a comfortable nine games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers below the cut.
But unless the Celtics truly want to face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs (and who would?), they must pick up the pace and begin executing.
The following rundown comprehensively analyzes every crucial regular-season matchup in the month of April, providing scores and details, as well as Boston's cumulative record after each game.
All statistics for this article are accurate as of March 28. Stats are compiled through ESPN and NBA.com.