BOSTON (CBS) – After dropping a 119-106 game to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, which put them out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics find themselves in an important three-game stretch against potential playoff teams in the East this week.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand discussed whether making or missing the playoffs would be better for the team going forward.READ MORE: Man Indicted In 1-Year-Old's 2019 Drowning At New Hampshire Motel
“I can tell you as a fan, I want them in [the playoffs]. That’s easy,” said Marc Bertrand.
The 32-41 Celtics are currently a half game behind Brooklyn for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, but are tied with the Indiana Pacers and only a half game ahead of the Charlotte Hornets, who host the Celtics Monday night. After Charlotte, the Celtics host the Pacers Wednesday and end the week against the current No. 6 seed Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
“They’ve got energy, they’re fun to watch, I love the coach, and it’s something to root for right now. How could you ever say you hope they don’t get in?” said Zolak.READ MORE: Colin Powell, First Black Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Of Complications From COVID-19
Bertrand cited recent comments from Celtics president Danny Ainge to the Boston Herald on being the eighth seed: “It’s not my objective to be an eighth seed in the playoffs. My objective is to win championships, and we’re a long way from that.”
With nine games remaining, the Celtics would most likely matchup with No. 1 seeded Atlanta or No. 2 seeded Cleveland in the first round should they make the playoffs. Alternatively, a missed playoffs would result in a better pick in the upcoming 2015 draft.
Listen below for the full conversation: