Raise your hand if you thought the Boston Celtics would have a shot at home-court advantage when Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL. Now, those of you with your hands up: put them down and stop kidding yourselves.
And yet, here are the C's, just two-and-a-half games back of fourth-place Brooklyn on account of a 14-5 mark since Rondo's season came to a close. A 91-79 loss in OKC was about what you'd expect from a team in the East's muddled middle.
Of greater import, though, were Boston's wins at Indiana and home against Atlanta. To be among the top four in their conference, the Celtics will inevitably have to beat those against whom they are competing for that prime real estate in the standings.