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Eye on the enemy: Philly, Orlando slip

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) April 4, 2012 Uncategorized 4 Comments on Eye on the enemy: Philly, Orlando slip

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The Celtics are trying to hold on to a lead in the Atlantic Division and maybe even improve their Eastern Conference playoff seeding. We'll regularly check in on the competition to see how things stand.

Things have changed a little bit in the East.  Orlando and Philadelphia have both hit rough patches.  Orlando, playing without Dwight Howard due to back spasms, lost its fourth game in a row last night.  Philly, meanwhile, lost to the Heat for their 7th loss in 11 games.  

Here's a look at the standings right now:

The Celtics hold the 4th seed because a division leader is guaranteed home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  

The Celtics play the currently 3rd seeded Pacers on Saturday, then Philly the next day, so there's some chance to gain ground on Indy and add distance to the lead over the Sixers.  The Celtics face Orlando on April 18.  

Here's what lies ahead for the competition:

Indiana: tonight @Washington, Friday vs. Thunder, Saturday vs. Boston

Orlando:  tomorrow vs. New York, Saturday @ Philadelphia, Monday vs. Detroit

Philadelphia:  tonight vs. Toronto, Saturday vs. Orlando, Sunday @ Boston

As you can see, all of these teams play each other, so there is still a LOT of movement possible.  Meanwhile, the Sixers will have to figure out how bad Andre Iguodala's eye injury is after he suffered a contusion in the 3rd quarter of last night's game against Miami.  He didn't return to the game, and it looks like he won't be out long, but it's something to, no pun intended, keep an eye on.

Orlando is dealing with injuries as well.  They lost last night without Howard, Jameer Nelson or Ryan Anderson.  The injuries to Howard and Nelson are not expected to linger, but again, something to watch as the C's get ready for a game against the Magic on Monday. 

We'll revisit this later and see if any of these teams help the C's out by going deeper into funks.  We'll take any help we can get in insane April schedule.

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  • Rondo To KG

    Best case scenario would be we get the third seed and the Magic slip to the sixth seed. To me, they would be the easiest opponent we could get in the first round. They proved in our last two games that they just don’t have the talent and the mentality to beat us in a 7-game series.

  • KY Celts fan

    “The Celtics hold the 4th seed because a division leader is guaranteed home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.”
    Not so.
    Division winners are guaranteed to be in the Top 4, however the team with the better record still gets homecourt advantage. If you would remember the 2007 playoffs. Miami as division winner was a 4 seed and they played the Chicago, the 5 seed. However, Chicago had a better record at 49-33 compared to Miami’s 44-38, so Chicago was awarded homecourt advantage.
    So as of right now, Orlando would still have homecourt advantage.

  • paul

    Boston fans and writers might want to take note that Big Baby had 31 points, on 11-22 shooting, and ten rebounds, starting at center for Howard.
    You would have been awful quick to point it out, and make a big deal out of it, had Baby done something embarrassing.

  • Surprise, surprise! Guess who’s back on the leader board? The Celtics have been playing well these last few games. I think their championship instincts are kicking in and they are becoming more composed. That’s the advantage of having veteran players like KG, Pierce, and Allen. Plus, you have Rondo, the triple double machine. Well, I think they will be ranking up a little bit better as the regular season comes to an end.