Celtics fans seem to be sharply divided on the importance of home-court advantage.
Either it's is the most important thing for the team right now—or it is completely meaningless.
Last season the Boston Celtics surprised many by battling their way to the NBA Finals, despite finishing the season seeded only forth in the Eastern Conference.
This season, however, Doc Rivers originally decided not to take such a risk. The Celtics were going after the number one seed in a big way.
Rivers has subsequently changed his tune, claiming that the number one seeding is no longer a primary goal for the Celtics.
Assuming this is the case, have the Celtics decided that the lesser teams do not warrant effort on their part? Is there no need to "send a message" to teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, as the Celtics know they won't be seeing them in any Finals match-up? Does this then translate into losses?
Again, this doesn't seem to play out in reality. If one looks at the game tapes, Doc Rivers tried to win all of these games. He played his starters big minutes in an attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Sometimes this worked, but many times it didn't.
The Celtics' recent run of poor play, combined with a tough closing schedule, could lead Rivers to sacrifice the rest of the season in favor of resting his players for the postseason.
As of now, though, this theory doesn't hold true.