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The Boston Celtics were a disappointing 5-6 in February, a mark that raised eyebrows across the NBA.
Including, it turns out, in the highest room in the team’s front office.
Speaking on Saturday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck admitted the difficult month, which ended with Boston losing four consecutive games, raised some red flags in regard to what could transpire come playoff time.
While saying the Celtics have “the capability of getting to the Finals, Grousbeck sees the other side, too.
“We also have the capability of losing in the first round,” he said, according to Nicole Yang of the Boston Globe. “We have a very, very good set of opponents in the East, all of whom have beaten us in the last month.”
After Sunday’s game against the visiting Houston Rockets at TD Garden — which resulted in a 115-104 loss — Boston stands 38-26, fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics trail fourth-place Philadelphia (40-23) by 2.5 games, meaning the 76ers would have homecourt advantage if current seeding remains in place and the playoffs started today.
“I really have a lot of hope for these guys,” Grousbeck said. “I give us a chance. I don’t think anybody wants to play us in the playoffs. I really do think, after 16 years in the league, that these guys still have a chance.”
Grousbeck chose to take the glass-half-full outlook, though, with the calendar having flipped from February to March. The Celtics began the month with a 107-98 triumph over the visiting Washington Wizards on Friday night.
“Thank God it’s March,” he said. “We’re undefeated in March.”
No longer, though. Not after Sunday’s loss to the Rockets.