With only 2.5 games separating them from the defending champions, the Beantown team is involved in a tight race with the Cavs and Toronto Raptors for the conference’s top seed.
While it’s been a gruelling season for everyone, with teams beginning to rest players strategically, Boston realizes the importance of finishing at the top of its conference, and Stevens explained the need for his regular starters to get more time playing together after injuries have forced three out of those five players to sit out extended periods at different points in the season.
“Because I think we just haven’t had a chance to do that enough, and I think that’s a really important thing moving forward,” Stevens told Jay King of Masslive.com. “Obviously as a coach you want to be playing really well in a month. You want to be playing well all the time, but you want to be playing really well in a month. To do so we’re going to have to be healthy, but we’re also going to have to have some good reps over the next month out of both games and practice.”
Dethroning the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference is a tall order, but homecourt advantage over them, in case of a playoff matchup, is of the essence and coupled with excellent chemistry, the Celtics may give themselves a great shot.