Rules wrinkle works in Celtics' favor

Why Boston holds all-important seeding tiebreaker despite 0-4 record against Atlanta

Updated: March 30, 2010, 1:36 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Back in the final week of the 2007-08 season, the people in the NBA office who oversee playoff scheduling nearly had a collective coronary.

There were four teams within a game of each other vying for the top spot in the Western Conference. What should have been an exhilarating push over the final few games to determine a conference champion was instead turning into a potential nightmare.

Three of the teams were in the Southwest Division: Houston, New Orleans and the defending ...

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