Boston Celtics clinch playoff birth

Despite not playing on Thursday night, the Celtics were able to clinch a playoff birth. Quite the accomplishment getting this done before April considering their 10th place position in the standing not too many months ago.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Celtics now have the longest current streak of playoff visits in the NBA. They've made it ever since Brad Stevens' 2nd season. Marcus Smart therefore has made the playoffs every year of his career.

Boston will host the Indiana Pacers tonight in their first of 5 games to wrap up the regular season. The Celtics currently sit in 3rd place following a couple losses this week.

The East is so tight, that believe it or not Boston could finish anywhere from 1st to 7th place. Udoka will have to balance playoff seeding versus having a healthy and rested rotation for the playoff grind. Personally I'd prioritize the latter.