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Even though the Boston Celtics finished with a 2-2 record this last week. they stand at 11-14 and remain one game above the 8-13 Toronto Raptors. With only three games this week, the Celtics need to take advantage of the weak competition in order to stay in the hunt for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Otherwise, they may end up with the seventh or eight seed, which would be the worst possible scenario for the season.
It may have taken awhile, but Humphries finally broke out offensively for the Celtics with 18 points and seven rebounds against the Denver Nuggets last Friday night. His 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game averages may not seem like much, but he has played some pretty solid defense at the power forward position in recent weeks.
If he can step up more with rebounding the ball after returning from his knee injury, then that would definitely help the Celtics going forward to a playoff spot. He may not be on the team at the end of the season, but Brad Stevens needs to showcase that this veteran can still get the job done.
Trying to snap a two-game skid may be a tough job for this squad, but luckily the first game on Friday was against a New York Knicks team that the Celtics just crushed by 41 points. The Celtics ultimately prevailed in the second game against the Knicks, 90-86.
The Celtics slate has them playing three contests over the next seven days. After the Knicks, they will face both the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Detroit Pistons at home. The Timberwolves should still be without Kevin Love which would help the Celtics do well this week.
Prediction: 2-1 record (including the Knicks win)