The Celtics don’t make the playoffs
The Eastern Conference is brutal this season, with just three teams (Pacers, Heat, Hawks) above .500 as of Monday. You’ll note none of those teams are from the Atlantic Division, which the Celtics, a surprising and entertaining 13-17 at this writing, have led by default much of the season. They’ve recently been surpassed for the division lead and the fourth-seed by the Toronto Raptors and currently hover on the playoff/lottery fringe as the eighth seed, a game ahead of Chicago. Because the Knicks and Nets are so dismal, it’s possible that the Celtics as currently constituted overcome the mighty Raptors of Demar DeRozan and sneak into the postseason. But the hunch here is that Danny Ainge will not keep them as currently constituted, and players such as Brandon Bass will be moved before the season is over.