After less-than-inspiring loss to Nuggets, Celtics find themselves in dogfight for second seed
|03.11.17 at 9:25 am ET|
After dropping a 119-99 decision to the No. 8 team in the Western Conference, Brad Stevens’ club finds itself in the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 spot, percentage points behind No. 2 Washington. It is also 2 1/2 games in front of the fourth-seeded Raptors.
Both the Celtics and Wizards are 2 1/2 games in back of top-seeded Cleveland.
So, with the Celtics having gone 2-3 on their five-game West Coast road swing, now comes the make-or-break final month. The C’s have a flurry of home games now staring at them, with eight of their last 10 games this month to be played at TD Garden.
The next four games are against teams that are on the outside looking in for the postseason, with No. 5 being a showdown against Washington on March 20 at home.
As for April, the Celtics will play an equal number of contests at home and on the road, with the toughest test coming when they host Cleveland on April 5.
The Wizards, conversely, have a fairly brutal schedule for the rest of March, with four of the final 12 games for the month coming on the road. Washington finishes off March with five straight games on the road, starting in Cleveland, and then finishing off with a West Coast swing.
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