Boston Celtics

Apr 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) and head coach Brad Stevens direct players during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at TD Garden.

Entering the 2020-2021 season, hopes were high for the Boston Celtics. They were coming off of a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, and their young core had yet another year of experience under their belts.

Early on, it looked as though the hype was real. Riding the high of an emotional opening-night win, the Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference 15 percent of the way through the season. 

Fast forward four months, and the Celtics are a .500 team, preparing for the NBA’s play-in tournament. It ended up being a roller coaster of a season, with momentum wildly swinging back and forth. Generally, a season has one or maybe two turning points – the 2021 Celtics had a handful.

How did the Celtics end up playing in the NBA’s play-in tournament? What led to their whiplash of a season? Let’s look back through some of the most crucial moments of the year.

The Celtics now face a win-and-in situation against the Washington Wizards in the first round of the play-in tournament. That game tips off Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub. If the Celtics lose, they’ll head to the second round of the play-in, with a win-or-go-home game against either the Hornets or Pacers.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at