And while Monday's game at home against Oklahoma City will be a tough one, a game to end the season against the Raptors at home should mean Miami finishes with at least 45 wins. The team is expected to make an announcement soon.
This season was still brilliant. Maybe it's mid-April or early May, but Brad Stevens' magic wand can't work any long than early May.
The Celtics' defensive nucleus - with Horford excelling against both traditional centers and stretch bigs, and Jaylen Brown and Tatum hounding shooters on the perimeter - has enough sandpaper to grind down the Wizards' 12th-ranked offense (107.1 points per 100 possessions). Terry Rozier turning into a folk hero was mesmerizing. Boston's subsequent recreation will likely be Friday night time at house towards Chicago. They sat in the No. 1 in the Eastern Conference for most of the season but, statistically, they appeared to be a tier below some of their competition.
Irving averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists with the Celtics this season. Irving, on the other hand, has played in only 60 games this season. In fact, he has one last promise.
But it's a single worry, one that is masked by many more certainties.
The Boston Celtics plan to sign Jonathan Gibson for the final 10 days of the season, according to Yahoo! The Celtics can not afford to be sloppy with the ball, because no matter how athletic Brown, Tatum, and Co. are, they aren't winning a footrace with an Antetokunmpo-Eric Bledsoe two-man break. His incredible offensive skill set certainly made him worth acquiring from the Cleveland Cavaliers, even in the face of those injury concerns and a steep return package going back to Cleveland.
LeBron James' offseason decision will ripple across the whole league.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrives in Kabul
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The Celtics are now the No. 2 seed in the East with four games remaining and a three-game advantage on the Cavaliers and 76ers (the No. 3 and 4 seeds).
There are no back-to-backs in the postseason for Embiid, so he would get the needed rest to play at a high level every postseason game after his return. That window isn't open for five years.
LeBron's Cavs now reside as the No. 3 seed in the East with a 48-30 record, good for a tie with the fast-rising and risky Philadelphia 76ers.
But there's a ceiling without Kyrie Irving, who was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason Thursday. But there are times when he has looked like a second-year role player. Stevens' teams have done nothing but surprise. But the doctors have to make sure the infection I cleared up.
Irving sought further analysis, but because the wire was connected to the two screws that remained in his knee, it was determined that those screws needed to be removed.
The Celtics are still without guard Marcus Smart, who had right thumb surgery in March. (I'm kidding - it was a picture frame!) There's no urgency to contend just yet, even if Boston would have liked to try to do just that this May, even without Hayward.
Injuries are not uncommon for Irving, who's Duke career was cut short due to a foot injury. We should all hope, for basketball's sake, that the notion proves true.