The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors got together on Tuesday night in a game with some serious seeding implications. A Celtics victory meant clinching the No. 7 seed and setting a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs, and a Raptors victory meant Toronto would control its destiny for the No. 3 seed heading into its last game of the regular season.
It looked like the Raptors were going to cruise to a victory on the road after running out to a 15-point lead late in the first half, but the Celtics charged back and put themselves in position to win the game in the final seconds. That’s when Jae Crowder did this:
By hitting that shot, Boston has set up that first-round matchup against Cleveland. The season series finished tied at 2-2, with the Celtics winning the two matchups in the last week with the Cavaliers resting some players. Cleveland will obviously be heavily favored:
Celtics vs. Kyrie-LeBron-Love lineups this season:
ORtg — 94.4
DRtg — 125.0
Net Rtg — -30.6
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKaz) April 15, 2015
Even so, Boston certainly won’t back down from the challenge, and perhaps we can get an entertaining series.
With the Raptors losing, the Chicago Bulls now have sole control of the No. 3 seed in the East. If the Bulls beat the Hawks (who will likely be resting key players) on Wednesday, the No. 3 seed belongs to Chicago. If the Bulls lose and the Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets, the No. 3 seed belongs to Toronto.