The Boston Celtics have remained consistent in this week's edition of the power ranking polls, according to SB Nation, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com and NBA.com.
Currently sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, the Celtics are four games back of the New York Knicks for first place and are a half game back of the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. After splitting a home-and-home with Philadelphia last week, in addition to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the majority of the polls slightly improved the team's positioning.
At SB Nation, curator Seth Rosenthal moved the team up two spots from last week's ranking to No. 11 overall. Citing the team's improved defensive play this past week, Rosenthal is interested to see if they can consistently perform through the rest of the season:
Boston's defensive rotations and overall efficiency looked a lot sharper this past week, albeit against the deficient offenses of the Wolves and 76ers. The offensive contributions of Jason Terry and Jeff Green have been sort of either/or lately (Most recently, Green was productive in both Philadelphia games, while Terry struggled from the field), but the top guns are producing. We'll see how that defense holds in a tough, road-heavy rest of 2012.
At CBSSports.com, Matt Moore also moved the team up two positions but placed them at No. 12 overall. Marc Stein was the only curator to drop the team a spot, moving them down one position in ESPN.com's ranking to No. 14 overall. John Schuhmann at NBA.com kept the team at No. 11.