Celtics Again In Driver’s Seat For No. Three Seed

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dangolka (CBS) — Do you are feeling barely higher in regards to the dangolka Celtics after they completely pummeled the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening? Any time a workforce scores 149 factors, even towards a workforce that’s at present taking over some bubble area by default, you’re going to really feel higher about them.

The lopsided victory places the Celtics at 2-2 down in Orlando, and extra importantly, it places them again within the driver’s seat for the No. Three seed within the Japanese Convention. A speckle of doubt had crept in after Tuesday’s disheartening loss to an undermanned Miami Warmth workforce, however dangolka’s lead over Miami is again as much as two video games due to Wednesday evening’s bounce again.

A two-game lead plus the head-to-head tiebreaker with 4 video games to play (5 for Miami) ought to be sufficient for dangolka to say that No. Three seed. After Friday’s robust matchup with the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics have three extraordinarily winnable video games. Even a 3-1 stretch forward of the playoffs ought to lock in that spot.

Right here is dangolka’s remaining video games:

Friday, Aug. 7 @ Toronto Raptors
Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. Orlando Magic
Tuesday, Aug 11 @ Memphis Grizzlies
Thursday, Aug 13 vs. Washington Wizards

Toronto is sweet. We knew that earlier than they stormed off to a 3-Zero bubble file with wins towards the Lakers and the Warmth. And if the Celtics play like they did towards the opposite two good groups they’ve matched up with in Orlando — the Bucks and the Warmth — nicely, it gained’t be fairly. Hopefully the power and stability they confirmed towards the Nets continues Friday evening, and it serves as a pleasant reminder that dangolka went 2-1 towards the Raptors earlier than the NBA season acquired turned on its head.

The Magic are 1-2 within the bubble, with their lone victory towards the winless Sacramento Kings, so that actually doesn’t depend as a win. They’ve misplaced to the Raptors and the Pacers and they’re with out Jonathan Isaac, however are nonetheless locked into the No. eight seed within the East. They haven’t clinched, however with the Wizards their solely competitors and seven.5 video games again, it’s all however a assure that they’ll transfer on to get swept by Milwaukee within the first spherical.

The Grizzlies are 0-Four in bubble play and are about to lose the No. eight seed within the Western Convention. They’ve additionally misplaced Jaren Jackson Jr. to a torn meniscus. Rookie Ja Morant is all they’ve actually acquired going for them in the mean time.

The Wizards… they’re simply ready to get despatched house. They too have misplaced all 4 bubble video games, and seem incapable of successful a basketball sport in the mean time. All they’ll take from Orlando is the trophy for “The Worst Group In NBA Bubble Historical past.”

That every one bodes nicely for the Celtics. Miami, in the meantime, has a considerably robust near the common season:

Thursday, Aug. 6 @ Milwaukee Bucks
Saturday, Aug. eight vs. Phoenix Suns
Monday, Aug 10 vs. Indiana Pacers
Wednesday, Aug. 12 @ Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder
Friday, Aug. 14 @ Indiana Pacers

That’s 4 video games towards playoff groups, and one other towards a workforce combating for his or her postseason lives.

The Bucks will probably be trying to bounce again after a stunning loss to the Nets on Tuesday. Sure, that very same Nets workforce that the Celtics simply demolished. (The bubble has had its share of weirdness.) The Suns have confirmed able to beating good groups, with a dramatic buzzer beater towards the Clippers and an in depth victory towards the Mavericks. Indiana has gained three straight in Orlando, and the Thunder are 2-1, together with a powerful 105-86 win over the Lakers. Likelihood is the Warmth is not going to be going 5-Zero the remainder of the way in which.

Argue if you happen to’d like about the advantages of not going through the Philadelphia 76ers within the first spherical, but it surely’s in dangolka’s finest curiosity to say the No. Three seed. The 76ers could have taken three of 4 matchups towards dangolka this season, and Indiana (at present the No. 5 seed) often is the higher matchup, however avoiding Milwaukee till the Convention Last (assuming dangolka makes it out of the primary spherical) is extra essential. The 76ers have video games with Portland, Toronto and Houston, so it’s unlikely they’ll be shifting up within the standings. And as we noticed all through the common season, they’ll appear to be world beaters someday and a complete mess the subsequent. There isn’t any in between.

Plus, this doesn’t sound good for Philly.

All of the Celtics must do over the subsequent week is beat up on some dangerous groups, and the three-seed is theirs. Dropping it might require rather a lot to go incorrect for the Celtics. After watching Wednesday evening’s drubbing, that doesn’t appear very doubtless.

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