The Celtics have ridden a five-game winning streak to the top of the Atlantic Division. With the Sixers trailing just one game behind as well as having an easier schedule moving forward, Boston will have to remain sharp in order to head into the playoffs with home court advantage and avoid meeting the Heat or Bulls in the first round. The upcoming week will pit the Celtics against Chicago, San Antonio, and Miami, whereas the Sixers have Miami, Toronto, and Orlando before the two division rivals meet a week from tonight.
- Doc Rivers believes that his team is still trending up at this point in the season. Peter May of ESPN Boston takes a closer look at his mindset.
- Doug Collins looked to Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand to provide more leadership after the Sixers appeared at a low point after dropping a game to the Wizards last week. Bob Cooney of Philly.com caught up with Collins after the team had responded with a victory against Atlanta.
- The injury-riddled Knicks face an uphill battle for the remaining 13 games of the season, but the team isn't making any excuses, writes Al Iannazonne of Newsday.