Ryan L. Fox
It’s a good time to be a Boston fan….that is a Boston Celtic fan. While Bruins fans are wallowing in misery disappointment, Red Sox fans preparing their paper bag faces, and Patriots fans embarrassing themselves in the news, Celtics fans are enjoying the time of their lives. After waiting two years, the Celtics have regained their former glory as they are coming to the finish line of the regular season.
By the Numbers
That is the points per game total for PG Isaiah Thomas for this season in 78 games so far this season. The 22.4 ppg average for Isaiah leads not only the team but it's a career high for him as well. Currently, his 22.4 ppg ranks him 3rd among point guards and 11th overall among scorers in the NBA in points per game.
The point difference between Isaiah Thomas (1,769) and the next Celtics player (Avery Bradley with 1,103).
That is the current winning percentage of the Celtics right now (47-32). It’s the highest winning percentage during the Brad Stevens coaching era as well as the highest winning percentage since the 2010-11 season (they finished 56-26 with a .683 winning percentage).
That is the team field goal percentage. That actually ties them for 23rd overall with Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks. However the Bulls and Knicks are sporting records below .500 (39-40 for the Bulls & 32-48 for the Knicks).
So far, only reserve guard Evan Turner has been on the Celtics’ injury report. Currently Turner has missed the past few games due to a left eye abrasion that he received during a 107-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. So far this season, Turner has average 10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg, and 4.9 rpg in 77 games. This also includes 12 starts where in those starts he averaged 15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 3.7 apg. More probable than not, Turner will miss the rest of the regular season.
Upcoming games on the Celtics schedule will be as followed:
Away: Atlanta Hawks on April 9 @ 7:30 PM EST
Home: Charlotte Hornets on April 11 @ 7:30 PM EST
Home: Miami Heat on April 13 @ 8:00 PM EST
If the seeding holds up, they will be the #3 seed. That would then place them against an old but familiar face, the Miami Heat. Historically, the Celtics faced the Heat 3 times in the playoffs. They won the first match-up 4-1 during the 2009-10 playoffs while losing the next two meetings (4-1 in 2010-11 & 4-3 in 2011-12).
During the 2015-16, the Celtics faced the Heat twice so far. The first match-up was down in Miami as the Celtics won 105-95. The next matchup was up in TD Bank Garden in Boston on February 27 as the Celtics took that 101-89. Their final matchup of the season will in Boston on April 13.
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