Celtics come full circle against Atlanta

Celtics come full circle against Atlanta
March 8, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Was Wednesday night's comeback in Indiana the high point of the Celtics season?

I'd say yes. At the very VERY least, it's in the conversation among other great ones like the Triple Snowvertime win over Denver, the end-of-west-coast-swing overtime win in Utah and the time Fab Melo smacked his forehead on a door frame.

But when it comes to the lowlight of this Celtics season, there's not much room for debate.

It was on January 25 in Atlanta, the night Boston blew a 27-point lead to the Hawks, for their sixth straight defeat, and lost Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL.

That's the game that should have murdered Boston's year. Instead, it marked a rebirth; a reincarnation of Celtic Pride. And it's only fitting that in the first game since hitting a high note in Indiana, the Cs are back at home against those Hawks.

That being said, I doubt there will be much carryover from that horrible night in January. That game feels like ages ago, and there was already too much bad blood between these teams for one regular season game -- however ridiculous -- to make THAT much of a difference.

And anyway, the Celtics have far more important things to worry about:

A win tonight will leave Boston in a tie with Atlanta for -- most likely -- the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. If that win is somehow complemented by a Chicago loss (the Bulls will have their hands relatively full against the Jazz) and a Brooklyn loss (unfortunately, the Nets host the Wizards), the Celtics will suddenly find themselves only a half game back of home court advantage in the first round, and that --

Actually, wait. Home court in the first round means Miami in the second round soooo...  maybe the C's want to back off? Yeah, probably. But that can wait until later in the season. For now, it's all about Ws, and building off a high against the team that was responsible for the lowest of the lows.

And then boarding a flight to beautiful OKC for a Sunday showdown with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and the defending Western Conference champs.

Talk about a potential high point.