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Friday, 15 March 2013 16:10

Celtics don't care about the Heat or the Atlantic Division

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Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston released a piece today on the Celtics' sentiments regarding the Miami heat's 20-game winning streak.Both Jason Terry and Paul Pierce spoke on Miami's streak, but their thoughts were the same: they just don't care. "Not really impressed with it or anything that they do," said Terry, who has a history with Miami from his Dallas days when the two teams met in the 2011 Finals. "So, for me, it's more about what our team is doing and how we're coming together as a unit." Miami visits Boston on Monday. By that time, if they earn two more wins, Miami will be tied with the NBA record for longest win streak (tied with the 2007-08 Houston Rockets. When asked if he wants the Celtics to have the opportunity to break the streak, Pierce offered sentiments similar to Terry's. "I really don't even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season. I just worry about what this team does." The Miami-Boston match will be interesting nonetheless, as well as very ironic. Ironically, it was this Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce core on the court when the Celtics snapped the Rockets' streak on March 18, 2008 -- five years to the day of the Miami-Boston matchup. While it's clear that Pierce is not worried about any team but his own, he admits that the hype surrounding the Heat is undeniable. "It's rare when you've got a team that plays so well to be able to do that," said Pierce. "It's hard not to keep track of it. Anytime you go to NBA.com or ESPN.com, it's going to be right there. It's very impressive what they're doing. It is what it is. But I think they don't care about the winning streak." Though it's almost certain that Miami will finish as the top seed in the East, what's less clear is where everyone else in the conference will fall. The New York Knicks, who have been the number two seed in the East for much of the season, find themselves surrendering their seed and possibly their position atop the Atlantic Division.The Celtics have been victors of the Atlantic Division for the past five seasons; however, with the recent revival of the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, it seemed less and less likely that the C's would take the Atlantic for the sixth straight time.Now, with a resurgence of Celtic defense, the C's seem to be back in the race for Atlantic Division victor. Boston is only 3 ½ games back from New York and it seems likely that they will pounce, only.. Boston doesn't care, according to Baxter Holmes of Boston.com. “I’m sure if we hung Atlantic Division banners up here, we’d be looking at lot more closely at them, but right now we’re just floating under the radar, trying to win as many games as possible and play well going into the playoffs,” Paul Pierce said.“I don’t even know how many games we’re back for the Atlantic Division. We don’t even get a T-shirt for that.” For such a storied franchise as the Celtics, division titles don't matter; only world championships. Said Doc Rivers: “We would like to win the division, but I would rather win a world championship, if I had my choices.“That’s the key, you want to be healthy and be right and give yourself the best opportunity to win in the playoffs. And if not winning the division tells you that you’re going to be better in the playoffs, I mean -- where are those division banners? I don’t see one up there.”