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Eye on the Enemy: 2 losses last night help Boston

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 12, 2013 Gametime 4 Comments

With 20 games left in the season and playoff seedings now becoming a major story line, it’s time to take the occasional look at how the competition is doing.

Last night the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, both ahead of Boston in the division/East, took losses.  The Nets got down big at halftime but rode Deron Williams (27 points, 13 assists) to stay in the game in the second half.  They cut it to 5 in the third, but the shots just stopped falling.  Spencer Hawes nearly had a triple double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists) in a 106-97 Sixers win.

The Knicks never really had much of a chance in their game against Golden State.  Carmelo Anthony played, but he was horribly ineffective, shooting 4-15 and only scoring 14.  Chris Copeland was New York’s leading scorer with 15 in a game where they managed to only score 63 points… and only 28 in the second half.  Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and David Lee alone combined to score 70 in their 92-63 win.

Here are the standings:

The Celtics are now just 2 games out of the 4th seed. Brooklyn has New Orleans tonight, which should be a win for the Nets.  The Hawks, tied for 6th, have Miami.

A Celtics win would move them into a tie for 5th with Chicago, regardless of what the other teams do.  Chicago is off tonight.  They play in Sacramento tomorrow.  The Knicks are off tonight, and in Denver tomorrow.  Atlanta faces the Lakers tomorrow in their back-to-back… which will be a tough stretch for them.   The Celtics are in an advantageous position schedule-wise, and they need to win these “easy” games to start moving up in the standings.

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  • http://twitter.com/GreenbirdCro GreenbirdCro

    I’m still not sure we need to insist on higher position. Yes, there’s home court advantage, but there is also a risk of exhausting before playoffs and getting into Miami’s way too early. If we play for 6th and use this time wisely to prepare for important battles, especially our 2nd team & the rest of the bench… Well, that sounds more pleasing. And the way NY, BKN and Indy are playing, I just don’t see much reason to worry. Only the Cheat AND Bulls can really hurt us IMHO.

    • Chulinho

      I agree. But at the same time, as John said, the C’s need to win those easy games. Also, if the C’s end up in the 4th or 5th seed that means they may get Chicago in the first round and, if they advance, Miami in the second round.

      • http://twitter.com/GreenbirdCro GreenbirdCro

        Sure. That’s why it’s gonna be really tough to tweak in the right position. There’s moral ambiguity and we are not the only ones considering that same option.
        But, as I said, even more important would be to strengthen our reserves both in their mindset and their muscle tonus… We don’t have much time before we go to war!

  • tvor03

    This is KY Celts fan, which I guess from here on out will be known as tvor03, since I don’t want to make up a new disqus name. I’d like to say that I like the switch to disqus and it’s long overdue. But I am sad to see KY Celts fan go. I guess the name will have to live on over at Celticsblog, until they eventually switch to disqus as well.

    Moving on, I don’t like the current matchup with Indy. I don’t think we match up well with them. It’ll definitely be a tough series for Indy, but one I think they would end up winning. I’d much rather play NY or Brooklyn in the first round.