Celtics Lock Up No. 3 Seed In Eastern Conference Ahead Of NBA Playoffs

The NBA’s playoff seeding is beginning to take shape.

Of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have essentially owned the No. 1 seed without question from the get-go with an NBA-best record of 55-15. But now, we know where the Boston Celtics will stand.

After the super hot Phoenix Suns took down the Miami Heat on Saturday night, it was determined Boston would fall no lower than the third place in the standings through the rest of the seeding games. Toronto Raptors locked up the No. 2 seed with a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, leaving the C’s in third.

So with the top three seeds determined, here’s what we know about the rest of the Celtics’ playoff picture:

The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, with identical 43-27 records, hold the four and five seeds, respectively. At No. 6 are the Philadelphia 76ers (42-28), who still have the Suns, Raptors and Houston Rockets on their slate of seeding games.

That’s a tough road ahead, especially with Ben Simmons slated for surgery and enter Joel Embiid leaving Sunday’s game against Portland early after an ankle injury.

All of a sudden, a first-round matchup against Philadelphia, who’s beaten Boston in three of four matchups so far this season, doesn’t seem so bad.

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