A month ago, Boston Celtics fans were processing the possibility that Boston could compete for the Atlantic Division title and a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now, having lost seven straight and 10 of their last 11 overall, Boston finds itself with the possibility of owning the fourth worst record in the NBA after Saturday's action (the Celtics visit Portland, while the 76ers joust with the Knicks). A glance at the league standings through Friday's action:
How fast have the C's plummeted? On Thursday, when ESPN.com's Lottery Mock Draft Machine debuted, Boston had a 2.8 percent chance of earning the top spot. A day later, it was up to 8.8 percent. Now running the machine virtually always leads to a top-six pick.