INDIANAPOLIS — With just a couple months left in the NBA regular season, there's a growing attention paid to the standings and playoff seedings.
Even Doc Rivers, who is usually oblivious to such things, knew the C's were within a couple of games of having home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Boston (32-27) comes into Wednesday night's game against Indiana with the 7th best record in the East. However, only 1.5 games separate them from the Chicago Bulls, who would be the No. 4 seed if the playoffs were today.
"If you can get home court, you want it," Rivers said. "I know we're close, somehow. But at the end of the day, we have to take care of our own business. You have to keep getting better. All that other stuff will take care of itself."
Tonight's game will be another chance for the C's to continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings against one of the hottest clubs in the NBA.
In addition, a Boston victory would give them the head-to-head series which could come in handy in determining playoff seeding if the two finished with an identical regular season record.
Indiana will be a bit short-handed with Danny Granger (knee) not playing tonight.
Granger, who has missed all but five games this season for Indiana, had an MRI performed that showed no new damaged to his left knee. Team officials said he will be re-evaluated in a week.
And the Pacers, like the Celtics, are finding ways to win without one of their core players.
"That's what it's all about this time of year," C's guard and Indianapolis native Courtney Lee told CSNNE.com recently. "Getting those wins. Of course you want to be seeded as high as possible, but we don't have time to think about that. All we're worrying about is, who's next on the schedule, and just go from there."