Should Celtics fans worry?

The Celtics, after last night losing to the Magic in Orlando, are in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. This means that, if the season ended today, the Celtics would have home court advantage in the playoffs for just their 1st round series (unlike last year when they enjoyed home court advantage in all 4 of their playoff series).

So can the Celtics actually win a playoff series when they don’t have home court advantage and would have to play a 7th game (if a series went that far) on the road?

1st of all-after looking at the 2 teams remaining schedules, I believe that the Celtics will pass Orlando in the final 9 games of the regular season (11 for Orlando) and regain 2nd place to secure home court advantage. But, even if the Celtics don’t pass Orlando- they can beat the Magic without home court advantage. Kendrick Perkins is one of the few NBA centers who is as physical as Dwight Howard (I know Howard had 24 pts and 21 rebs last night but that was with very little help from Garnett who played just 16 minutes).

Now what about LeBron and the Cavs. They are a very legitimate concern because they have virtually locked up home court advantage. So can the Celtics win a playoff game on the road in Cleveland where they have not won in over 2 years. I’m not sure if they can but I can tell you when they need to do it -Game 1 or 2.

While a Celts-Cavs playoff series would still be a month and half away, trust me, both teams are already preparing or it so we might as well.

-MD

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