|Rajon Rondo was the last C's player to wear No. 9|
With a 3-1 week that also included wins over the Bucks and Hawks, the C's rose five spots from No. 14 last week. Boston is the fifth-ranked team in the East, behind Cleveland (3), Miami (4), Atlanta (5) and Chicago (7), but ahead of Atlantic Division leader Toronto (10).
Stein credits the Celtics defense, which is No. 4 in the NBA according to John Hollinger's efficiency ratings.
ESPN's basketball power index rates Boston eighth overall in the league with a 94.1 percent chance to make the playoffs, better than Chicago, Indiana, Houston and Memphis.
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