The good news is that the Boston Celtics' playoff picture escaped Minnesota with a win over the Timberwolves on Sunday. The bad news is that the Chicago Bulls did their part on Saturday, beating Milwaukee for their fourth win in a row, improving their record to 12-1 in their past 13 games.
The Bulls are 53-19 now, giving them a two-game lead over the Celtics (51-21) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. But with six losses in its past 11 games, it may be time for Boston to worry more about just hanging onto the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, a position the Cs are in danger of losing to the Miami Heat, just a 1/2 game back.
The Celtics have a half-game edge on the Heat after Sunday's action, and own the tiebreaker due to head-to-head record. Boston is two games behind Chicago, and while that first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks or Charlotte Bobcatswould be a dream, facing the New York Knicks -- currently looking like the No. 7 seed -- would be much preferred to the solid No. 6 Philadelphia 76ers, especially for a team with a damaged offense like the C's.â†µ
The Celtics are at the Indiana Pacers Monday night and at the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.