With just one more contest before the NBA All-Star break, the few Celtics who won't be heading to Los Angeles for the annual event will be soon resting and regrouping for yet another stretch run into the postseason.
While the first-place C's own a 1/2-game lead over the Heat in the Eastern Conference, the team has plenty to work on before the regular-season finale.
The Celtics know how important home-court advantage is come playoff time, so that will likely be a main objective as the TD Garden thaws out from a brutal winter. The fourth-seeded C's burned a lot of gas going through Cleveland and Orlando last year to fall short in the Finals in Los Angeles.
The men in green have been battling injuries all year and it's going to take a full roster to recapture the East this season. Delonte West is reportedly returning soon and Kendrick Perkins appears to be 100 percent, but captain Paul Pierce, guard Rajon Rondo and centers Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal have all been hampered with injuries and illness. It's very important that all wounds are healed come April.
With an aging Big Three, it's also going to be important for head coach Doc Rivers to make sure his veterans have something left in the tank for the postseason. With one of the game's top benches, one can assume that this shouldn't be an issue.