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Good morning! Welcome to CelticsLife's morning column, Cup of Joe. Each morning we feature a few quick-hitters from the previous night; the important stuff, the not so important stuff. The weird, the wild, the in between. A nice, mindless morning column to start your day off with. So pull up a chair, grab your Morning Joe, and find out what happened last night while you were sleeping.

Playoffs?! We're talking about playoffs?!

Marcus Thornton on playoffs: “I believe we can make it. I believe we can make noise, too. So it’s on us to make that happen."
Source: Chris Forsberg

The Celtics currently have won four of their last five games, and currently sit a game and a half out of the Eastern Conference's 7th & 8th seed. And if there's anything we learned last night, it's this; clearly the Boston Celtics are the best team in the East and if we get the right matchup in the finals we could very much win this thing.

Kidding aside, this surge will put Celtics fans in an odd bind; do we want to make the playoffs or not? Is it better for this team to lose? And honestly, it just makes me feel stronger that the draft proposal Zack Lowe and Jeff Van Gundy discussed - which would allow for 5, 6, 7 and 8 seeds to qualify for the lottery - is a necessary change for the NBA.

Start Your Morning off with... Jared Sullinger's outlet pass



Gotta play this while you're watching it though...



Seriously, lost in all the awesomeness that was that game winner; Sullinger looking and connecting on these long outlet passes are a fantastic and wonderful thing for so many reasons.

Vintage WTHHT: What the Hell Happened to... Travis Knight

It's crazy to think that Ray Allen's college roommate played for the Celtics 14 seasons ago. With Ray being financially secure for life and recently re-upping for another year, it makes it even more evident who plays for the love of the game and for the love of money. You may remember this week's WTHHT player, Travis Knight.

He was the 29th and final pick of the first round of the loaded 1996 draft by the Bulls. However the Bulls would release him just a couple weeks after drafting him, unwilling to give him a guaranteed rookie contract that came with being drafted in the first round. The enemy decided to sign him. That first year in the league he made All-Rookie second team surprisingly with averages of 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17 minutes a night.

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