Just when it looked like the Celtics were starting to climb in the power rankings again, Sunday's loss stunted their progress and actually caused them to dip two spots to No. 13 in this week's ESPN.com NBA power rankings.
From curator Marc Stein: "Every time I start believing in the Celts again, they lose by 21 at home to the Spurs or some ESPN researcher points out that they lead the league with 12 losses in games they led by at least five at halftime."
The Celtics now sit one spot behind a Milwaukee Bucks squad they very likely could encounter in the first round of the postseason. Boston is also two spots behind the Oklahoma City squad that visits the TD Garden Wednesday night.
The Celtics sit at No. 11 in John Hollinger's statistics-based rankings, nestled snuggly between the Bucks (12) and Thunder (10), with another pair of potential postseason foes nearby in the Heat (14) and Bobcats (13).