Contenders or pretenders?

5-on-5 roundtable: What to make of the Celtics, Knicks, Clippers and others

Updated: April 17, 2012, 10:56 PM ET
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The Celtics, Knicks, Clippers, Pacers and Grizzlies could make noise in the playoffs. But are they legit title contenders? We turn to today's 5-on-5 crew.

1. Contender or pretender: Boston Celtics (have won 21 of past 29).

Jim Cavan, Knickerblogger: Contender. Many had the aging Celts dead and buried at the All-Star break, but a well-timed run -- buttressed by an increasingly viselike defense, Kevin Garnett's rejuvenation and two beatdowns of the Heat -- makes this incarnation ...

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