Boston Celtics News - 2013 Celtics Updates
4/4/13 – The Boston Celtics clinched a Playoff spot last night with a win over the Detroit Pistons. If the NBA Playoffs started today, the C’s would be a seventh seed and get a first round matchup against the New York Knicks
. It’s possible that the Celtics could play the Indiana Pacers
, who currently hold the three seed and may be a better matchup considering Boston is 2-0 against Indiana this season (vs. 1-3 against New York). The Celtics will see the Pacers one more time in the regular season at TD Garden
– the cheapest of the Celtics four remaining home games. Boston hopes to see KG back on the court; after missing seven consecutive games with an ankle injury, his return should bring intensity and a significant interior presence on defense and on the boards.
With 17 total titles, the Boston Celtics are the most successful team in NBA
history, most recently in 2008, while coming close again in 2010, and taking last season's champs from Miami to a Game Seven in the conference championships. This year, however, sees the C's struggling somewhat behind resurgent squads in New York and Brooklyn, to stay in playoff contention. After last season, the Celtics lost Ray Allen to Miami via free agency; and this season have also lost key players such as Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to knee injuries requiring surgery. Veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett continue to have success, while players such as Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Brandon Bass are adequate fill-ins and bench strength.
Interestingly enough, the Celtics are averaging as many points scored per game as they are allowing, which may contribute some to their hovering close to the break-even point record-wise. One decided weakness of coach Doc Rivers's squad is rebounding; the Celtics rebounds per game average is better only than the defending NBA champs. The Celtics also need to improve their performance in games away from the TD Garden if they expect to have a deep playoff run in the 2013 postseason. Celtics tickets at the Garden in Boston average $111, with cheap Celtics tickets under $20 in the Balcony level for select 2013 home games. On the road, Boston Celtics tickets average $173 — only the Los Angeles Lakers
and world champion Miami Heat are more popular visiting teams. Heading to TD Garden to see Celtics basketball? The upcoming Boston Celtics schedule includes games versus the Atlanta Hawks
, Miami Heat
, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets