The Celtics currently sit at 15-17, and are looking up at the Philadelphia 76ers (20-14) and New York Knicks (17-18) in the Atlantic Division. The All-Star Break has come and gone, and now the grind that is the lockout-shortened season re-commences. The Celtics have spent a good deal of time at home, and daunting road trips loom. Head coach Doc Rivers knows the challenges ahead, and he’s doing his best to stay positive and believe that his team will get healthy and pull together at just the right time. Doc is looking at the second half of the season as a fresh start, a chance to press the reboot button on his aging stars and suspect role players. Question is, will the Celtics respond and play like a freshly unboxed iMac? Or will they suffer the dreaded blue screen of death and miss the playoffs? My money is on the Celtics making a mini-run in the face of adversity and finishing the season as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. Thoughts?
Michael D. McClellan is the Editor-in-Chief, Celtic Nation. He is also the author of "Boston Celtics - Where Have You Gone?", published in 2005 and re-released in 2012 with new and updated player profiles. Michael has interviewed more than 70 former players and coaches, and is currently working on a new Bill Russell biography.