The Celtics completed the first half of the regular season with a 28-13 record, their worst mark since 2006-07 (12-29). The Celtics had records of 34-7 and 32-9 halfway through the last two seasons.
But coach Doc Rivers believes the Celtics are on pace to make a playoff run.
"I like our team, I would be willing to go into the playoffs exactly the way we are right now," Rivers said before the Celtics met the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. "If we can improve, we improve it, and that would be great, too. But if we started the playoffs with the 12 guys, or whatever amount of guys we have, and everybody were healthy, I love our team."
Guard Marquis Daniels (thumb surgery) has returned to practice and could be ready to play when the Celtics visit New Orleans Feb. 10. Brian Scalabrine (shoulder) hopes to return for Thursday's visit to Orlando.