While the Celtics have hit a rough patch, the top of the East hasn't gained any ground

I know none of you want to take anything positive out of an ugly three game losing streak. I know none of you care about how other teams are performing, because as long as Boston is playing poorly, it doesn't seem to matter -- but it does.

Despite allowing the Hawks (one game back) and the Wizards (one and a half games back) to close in on the three seed, the top dogs in the East haven't gained any ground on the Celtics. Cleveland is on a two game losing streak, and Toronto has lost four straight. Check out their recent cold stretches:

Cleveland (2-5):
-Loss to Pelicans
-Loss to Spurs
-Win over Suns
-Loss to Warriors
-Win over Kings
-Loss to Trail Blazers
-Loss to Jazz

Toronto (0-4):
-Loss to Spurs
-Loss to Hornets
-Loss to Suns
-Loss to Sixers

In fact, the Raptors are winless since our old friend Jared Sullinger has returned:

So yes, the Celtics are playing piss poor basketball lately. Losing to the Knicks, Trail Blazers, and Wizards is by no means ideal, but it could be worse. Boston is still in a position to at least fight for the two seed and possibly even the top of the East, as they are only a game and a half behind Toronto and four and a half behind Cleveland coming into tonight's contest with the Rockets.

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