Things have gone up and down for the Boston Celtics over the past couple of games, but the team is hopefully only following the motions a newly assembled unit must endure in order to go deep into the NBA postseason.
First, there was the 5-0 run the Celtics went on as Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic made their debuts. The Celtics’ schedule permitted the team to face off against some less than stellar teams, but five wins are five wins.
From there, the Celtics went on to drop their next two games against the Los Angeles Clippers and a potential first round playoff foe in Philadelphia. The team wasn’t going to win every game, so it’s not a big deal to see them lose a game or two.
This is because the Celtics got back on track, to say the least, against Milwaukee on Sunday, holding the Bucks to a franchise-best for points allowed, 56 points. You could not have asked for a better outcome coming off of two straight losses.
Finally, Monday’s game against the Nets handed the Celtics another loss, despite New Jersey being a lackluster team. The only saving grace for the Celtics is that this loss was on day two of a back-to-back.
They’re 6-3 since the trade, but 1-3 in their last four, tied with Bulls for the top seed. So drawing from what we’ve seen over the past nine games, let’s examine the keys to the Celtics making a deep postseason run.