With 16 games left, Boston is 2 1/2 games behind the Cavaliers in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics lead Cleveland 2-1 in the season series, but their push for the playoffs has been held back by injuries to starters Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo and a slew of backups.
"Whether we get home court or not, the main thing is to just get healthy," Boston swingman Paul Pierce said. "We're a confident ballclub, and if we have to go on the road any point in the playoffs where we don't have home court advantage, we feel like we can still get the job done."
Garnett has missed 10 games with a sprained right knee, and coach Doc Rivers said Saturday that he won't be able to return until "sometime next week." Rondo missed two games -- both losses -- with a right ankle sprain, joining backups Glen "Big Baby" Davis, Brian Scalabrine and Tony Allen in the trainer's room.
"I think we've got a chance, especially with Kevin coming back," Rondo said. "We're just trying to get back into the swing of things. We'll get back into a rhythm and start rolling again."