The Celtics are resigned to their fate. When they got off to a 14-4 start following the season-ending injury to Rajon Rondo, there were illusions of a top-four seed and home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs, perhaps even a sixth consecutive Atlantic Division title.
Those were delusions. The Celtics will likely finish seventh unless they can make up a 1½-game deficit on the Atlanta Hawks (the Celtics have a game in hand). Regardless of their positioning, the Celtics have been through enough playoff obstacles over the years to remain confident.