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The Month of March Could Put Celtics in Prime Lottery Position

February 24th, 2014 at 1:26 PM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics made no moves to get better or worse before the trade deadline. Danny Ainge stayed pat, keeping expiring contracts and All-Star point guards on his roster, waiting for a better time to pounce on weak teams desperate for that final piece.

'Coach Brad Stevens' photo (c) 2008, Bradjward - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

However, looking ahead at the March schedule (including their final two games in February), it seems like this team could be primed for another stretch of losses without a lot of wins. 

The Celtics are in Utah to play the Utah Jazz tonight, that might be one of the last winnable games in a while. 

Looking at their March schedule (click here), it's full of good teams and teams that are fighting for their playoff lives. 

They play 11 of 17 games against teams with above .500 records. They also play the Brooklyn Nets (twice) and New York Knicks (both below .500), who are trying to make a final push into the playoffs. The Nets are 26-28 and playing much better since their horrid start to the season. 

The Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, and Utah Jazz are the other three teams they play before April Fools. Needless to say, these 17 games could be very ugly for the Celtics. A 4-13 stretch is not out of the question. That would put them at 23-51 with only eight games remaining.

Even a good stretch at 8-9 would put them at 27-47. The long winter was always a concern for this team. How would they handle being beaten constantly? Would they wilt? Would they begin complaining?

Overall, they should be commended. They have continued to play hard through the ups and downs of a sub .500 season. Now, with spring arriving a rebirth does not look likely. But a poor March could lead to a resurrection in the summer months and next season. 

 

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, brooklyn nets, Danny Ainge, Detroit, NBA, New Orleans, new york knicks, Utah

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