The lower half of the Eastern Conference standings — meaning those in the playoff picture — is more tightly packed than the downtown local train at rush hour. And we are going to spend the next 5 weeks watching teams jockey for playoff position at both the top of the seedings bracket and the bottom.
It seems crystal clear that nobody wants to finish No. 8 in the East, which would mean a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat. The only team that might have even the slightest chance of defeating them is the Boston Celtics, given what happened last year in the Eastern Conference finals.
And after seeing the Celtics hold the Indiana Pacers scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes Wednesday night, and watching Kevin Garnett make a pair of pinpoint, game-winning passes as the point-center (how many of those have their been?), I’m starting to feel a little green with envy.
This Celtics team still has more heart and pride than any conference competitor, with the possible exception of the Heat, and I would not rule out an extended playoff run for them. Heck, they were my preseason pick to come out of the East.
So when Cinesport’s Noah Coslov posed the question of who would win a seven-game series — Boston or New York — I channeled my inner Garnett and went with the Celtics. You agree or disagree? Comments are welcome.
Meantime, enjoy the video — which includes a preview of the weekend’s best game, Indiana at Miami.