Celtics

Celtics

BOSTON -- With Brooklyn's 108-96 win over Indiana, the Boston Celtics have officially sealed up home court advantage as the likely fourth seed in the playoffs which begin later this week.

There's a slim chance the Celtics could go up to No. 3 if they win their two remaining games which includes tonight's matchup against Orlando, and Philadelphia loses its two remaining games. 

But in all likelihood, the Celtics will be the fourth seed and have home court advantage in the first round. 

That’s the good news.

The bad?

The fourth seed in the East hasn’t exactly made a ton of noise in the playoffs recently.

In the past 10 years, the No. 4 seed has a 6-4 record against the No. 5 seed in the first round, with two of those first-round knockouts being delivered by Boston (2010 and 2012).

And as we know, this Celtics team began the season with thoughts of getting all the way to the NBA Finals, a destination that few teams in the East have arrived at starting off as the fourth seed.

Here we take a look at the last 10 teams seeded fourth in the East, and how far they were able to advance in the playoffs.

2018: Cleveland … Lost in the NBA Finals to Golden State.

2017: Washington … Lost in the second round to Boston.

2016: Atlanta … Lost in the second round to Cleveland.

2015: Toronto … Lost in the first round to Washington.

2014: Chicago … Lost in the first round to Washington.

2013: Chicago … Lost in the second round to Miami.

2012: Boston … Lost in the Eastern Conference finals to Miami.

2011: Orlando … Lost in the first round to Atlanta.

2010: Boston … Lost in the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

2009: Atlanta … Lost in the second round to Cleveland.

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