The Boston Celtics, at least for a brief moment, are the best team in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 114-105, led by Isaiah Thomas‘ 27 points, four rebounds and three assists Monday night. In turn, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Miami Heat, 124-121, without LeBron James, Tristan Thompson or Kyrie Irving playing.
Boston’s one-game advantage over the Cavaliers could be seen a few different ways. Boston is gaining some momentum heading into the final week of the season, while Cleveland is choosing to rest and make sure everyone is healthy.
The Celtics want to be seen as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, while the Cavaliers are biding its time before turning up the heat in the playoffs. The teams are on a collision course for an Eastern Conference Finals matchup. Cleveland holds the tiebreaker in the regular season.
Playoff-seeding is not really a good measurement of how good the Cavaliers will be in the playoffs. The defending champions have had a ton of struggles this season and have not looked good lately. But we know a James-led squad can flip the switch and run through teams with ease.
It’s good that the Celtics are continuing to play hard, building some sort of streak could give get them in the right place mentally for making a strong run in the playoffs. It is interesting to see them jump in this spot this late in the season.