After Two Straight Losses, The Celtics Must Claw for the Division Title

January 14, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers during the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics have lost two straight games in three days. They lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, then they suffered one of the most embarrasing losses in Celtics history to the Charlotte Bobcats losing by 26.

The Celtics were supposed to be making a run at the division lead, now their playoff destiny is in question. The Celtics are currently five games behind the 2nd seeded New York Knicks in the Atlantic division. Their next two games are against the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Bobcats at home.

But the problem is that the Celtics seem to not be playing with a sense of urgency down this stretch. After those two games, they play the Miami Heat, then they play the New Orleans Hornets and the Dallas Mavericks. They have a chance to save themselves some positioning with those two games.

The Knicks are in a slumping state right now and the Celtics should be trying to take advantage of that. They could move up to the fourth seed if the Knicks and the inconsistent Nets fall back. Homecourt advantage should be at a premium for this team right now.

The Knicks next four games are against the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Trailblazers, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Utah Jazz. All of these teams are positioning themselves for playoff seeding. With the Knicks hurting and searching for direction, its very possible that they can go on a losing streak or at least lose three of the four last games. They also play the Celtics twice by the end of this month. Its concievable that the five game lead they have on Boston can vanish by the time March is over.

The loss that the Celtics took yesterday–even without Paul Pierce–is not a good sign for the Celtics. They can’t make the mistake of blowing smaller games if they’re going to avoid playing the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat or even get into the top four playoff seeds.

The Celtics will have many chances to redeem themselves by the end of this month. Hopefully, they do just that.

 

Topics: Boston Celtics, Playoff Seeding

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