Celtics in need of attitude adjustment
Because the 76ers are all but dead, it pretty much assures every current 1-8 seed in the East a spot in the postseason once it arrives. That's good news for the Celtics, because they've struggled this season against plenty of the teams that won't be making playoff appearances - in both conferences. Don't pin it all on injuries, either. The C's took the Heat to the final second without Kevin Garnett one game before losing to the Hornets - for the second time - with Garnett. It all comes down to having the right attitude and mindset against those "bad" teams.
Teams under .500
The Celtics are just 18-11 against teams under .500 this season.
It gets worse
They're 9-8 against the bottom four teams in each conference this season.
2-2, including a 100-74 loss (without Paul Pierce) to snap Charlotte's 10-game losing streak. Boston returned the favor a few days later in their own house.
0-2, Austin Rivers got Game 1 of the Rivers vs. Rivers matchup, and then the C's lost again in New Orleans with Rivers (broken hand) watching from the sideline. Doc Rivers says after the loss that the team deserved to lose after their attitudes changed in the second half.
0-2, the first loss - a 103-83 blowout - is somewhat forgotten because it came on the same night the Patriots were eliminated by the Ravens in the playoffs, but a livid Doc Rivers told reporters after the loss that things would have to change or guys would be shipped out of town.
2-2, Philly is by far one of if not the most disappointing teams this season, largely due to the Andrew Bynum trade that epically backfired in their faces. Nonetheless, the C's had trouble with the 76ers early on in the season, losing the first two, but won the final two games to even the series.