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.

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“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.

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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:

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