The Celtics can clinch the Atlantic Division title with a win tonight over the Knicks and with a Sixers loss at home to Indiana. A win guarantees the Celtics a top-four seed in the playoffs. With a 4-5-game lead on both the Sixers and Knicks with five games to play, clinching the division appears to be a formality. It also appears to be a formality that with a three-game lead, Indiana will beat out the Celtics for the No. 3 seed. It’s always fun to beat the Knicks, though.
Here are the details for tonight’s game:
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
Records: Celtics (36-25), Knicks (31-29)
Broadcast info: TNT, WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM (Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell)
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Kevin Garnett
PG: Baron Davis
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: Landry Fields
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
Allen’s back: Ray Allen says he’ll play tonight, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are likely to play after taking Sunday night off vs. Charlotte. Allen’s the one we’ll be watching. Will he move effectively? Will his jumper be true? It’ll be interesting to see how the Celtics hone the rotation between Allen and Avery Bradley as we approach the playoffs.
Big man rotation: It’s amazing what the Celtics have done with essentially three big men. Garnett, Bass, and Greg Stiemsma have played great as the Celtics have gone 13-4 in the last month. Will that depth eventually catch up to them?
Rondo’s streak: Rajon Rondo has recorded double-digit assists in 22 consecutive games. Remarkable.