What Will This Year’s NBA Playoffs Look Like?

    Who do the Celtics prefer to face in the playoffs? Celtics Beat and Ian Thomsen discuss potential matchups.


    NBA scribe Ian Thomsen joins Celtics Beat to take a wider view of the NBA Playoffs picture less than two weeks from the end of the regular season. The Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers are quickly closing in on the one seeds, while heavy favorites in the Lakers and Nets now face harder paths to the NBA Finals. Where do the Boston Celtics fit in? Somewhere between the 5-7 seeds, thinks Thomsen, ahead of their critical series with the Miami Heat next week. He discusses who Boston would like to see in round one and the biggest stories entering this year’s playoffs, the first to feature the play in tournament.

    0:00 Intro
    03:24 There is no super team this year
    09:04 NBA TV ratings for the playoffs
    20:25 Celtics can really reset heading into the playoffs
    23:07 Is Kemba ready for the postseason?
    37:05 Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard contributing
    45:42 Should the Celtics want the Nets in round 1?