Apr 15, 2024 - News

The pressure is on for the Celtics as playoffs near

Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Malik Beasley #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at Fiserv Forum on April 09, 2024 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jaylen Brown. Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images

For some, the Celtics' 2023-24 season is just beginning.

Why it matters: The Celtics' dominance during the regular season won't mean squat if the team doesn't clinch the championship.

Catch up fast: The Celtics have had an impressive run, from its top offensive rating and strong defense to being the only team to exceed 60 wins this season.

  • But Boston has been here before.
  • Locals remember the sting of watching the Celtics fall to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals only for the team to get knocked out in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat last year.

State of play: The Celtics are now 64-18 on the season after defeating the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards this weekend.

  • The playoffs start later this month. The Celts will face the lower-seeded team to emerge from the Play-In tournament, which starts Tuesday.

The intrigue: The last time the Celtics finished with the league's best record was in 2007-08, the last time they won the NBA Finals.

What they're saying: "All year we played good basketball to put ourselves in this position," says veteran center Al Horford. "We know what we're up against."

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