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State of the Celtics: Atlantic Division in Sights

Rajon Rondo (Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics finished the week with a 2-2 record, with their latest victory coming against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night by the score 108-100. Jordan Crawford once again led the way with 25 points, including four triples and 8-of-14 shooting from the field to go along with a team-high five assists.

As a result of the victory and a loss for the Toronto Raptors against the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics are now in first place in the Atlantic Division with an 8-12 record.

Atlantic Division Might Be Possible

With Rajon Rondo set to return in the near future (still no timetable on his return), the green team is looking like the best of the worst in the Atlantic Division.

The whole Eastern Conference is having trouble getting in the win column as only two teams have records above .500 through the first quarter of the regular season.

The 8-12 record for the C’s has them half a game ahead of both the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers through 20 games. The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have been pitiful themselves and are 5-13 and 3-13 respectively. Carmelo Anthony went as far as calling the Knicks the “laughing stock” of the league right now.

With the young players playing well enough to win without Rondo, the four seed could be quite the possibility for the Celtics in such a weak division. It is sink or swim time for the team without Rondo because when he rturns, the team will only get that much better.

Week Ahead

The Celtics once again face some quality competition at home with a game on Friday against the Denver Nuggets and a contest against the Los Angeles Clippers next Wednesday. They will also face both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets on the road, but that should not be too hard of a challenge for this squad.

Prediction: 2-2 with the two wins coming on the road.

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