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Boston Celtics Become First Team to Clinch Spot in NBA Playoffs

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The Boston Celtics became the first team in the league to lock up a postseason berth, securing their spot in the 2017 NBA playoffs. This accomplishment follows their commanding victory against the Miami Heat on Thursday.

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The Celtics needed a win against the Suns and for the Philadelphia 76ers to lose to the Milwaukee Bucks. Jaylen Brown stepped up, dropping an impressive 37 points to lead Boston past Kevin Durant and the Suns. With this victory, the Celtics now have one less thing to worry about this season.

The East is Ruled by the Boston Celtics

Throughout the 2024–21 season, the Celtics have proven to be a formidable force. A closer look at their accomplishments is provided here:

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Best Record in the East: The Celtics, who now hold the best record in the Eastern Conference, have shown that they are a dominant team all season long.
Balanced Offensive Attack: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have proven to be a formidable scoring tandem by frequently putting up large stats.
Robust Support Group: The Celtics have a great and deep group of players on their roster, including Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and Robert Williams III.

Having clinched a playoff spot, the Celtics are setting their sights on bigger goals. They currently sit 9.5 games ahead of the second-seeded Bucks in the Eastern Conference. Barring any major collapse, Boston is well-positioned to secure the East’s top seed. Their dominant performance throughout the season has been a testament to their talent and consistency.

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If the season ended today and the play-in games resulted in the seventh and eighth seeds maintaining their spots, the Celtics would face the Miami Heat in the first round. This matchup would be a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, where the Heat emerged victorious. Boston aims to turn the tables this time around.

The Celtics’ achievement extends beyond this season. It marks their 10th consecutive playoff appearance and their 16th playoff appearance in the last 17 years. With a rich history and a tradition of success, Boston continues to be a force in the league.

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