One of the unofficial modest goals for this Celtics season was achieved (for now) when the Toronto Raptors fell to the Orlando Magic Sunday night and slipped half of a game under Boston in the Eastern Conference Standings.
We can all admit that this was something the Celts were striving for this year, right? It's not like they are content with second place, but you can't ask for more than progress every season. Even though they have only had sole possession of the No. 2 seed for less than 24 hours, they are still officially the second best team in the East right now for the first time since 2011 and that right there is major progress in my book:
Updated East standings. pic.twitter.com/Gq8VGp7amC— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) January 30, 2017
Note that the Celtics are also just three games back on the defending champs. Holding onto the second seed will be no easy task over the rest of the season, especially once DeMar DeRozan returns for Toronto. If they protect it until February 5th, then that would send Brad Stevens to New Orleans to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team:
Warriors coaches have already clinched Western Conference job for All-Star Game. East will be decided after the games of February 5.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) January 26, 2017
Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers coached the last All-Star game, so he cannot do so again this year. This means that whoever finishes as the 2-seed by this Sunday - either Dwane Casey and the Raptors or Brad Stevens and the Celtics - will lead the East All-Stars as head coach.
Hopefully Boston can take this No. 2 seed and never look back.
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