Despite sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings for the majority of the 2011 NBA season, the Boston Celtics find themselves staggering into the playoffs once again, this time looking up at the Chicago Bulls in first place.
Nonetheless, as the Celtics proved in 2010, they can still remain a formidable opponent to any team despite any falls in seeding.
After letting second place in the Eastern Conference slip away to the Miami Heat, the Celtics must put a tempestuous finish to the regular season behind them if they have any hope of winning a record 18th NBA Championship.
If the Celtics stay healthy, and display the solidarity and dedication that propelled them to the Finals last year as a No. 4 seed, they will emerge victorious this June.