WALTHAM, Mass. – There’s a reason why the Boston Celtics want to have home-court advantage when the playoffs roll around. TD Garden is one of the most electric sporting venues in the world, and magical things tend to happen when 18,624 raging Celtics fans are behind the team.

The process of gaining home court, however, is not an easy one. The NBA’s 82-game season is a grind that has become even tougher nowadays thanks to a depth of talent across the league.

WALTHAM, Mass. – You hear Doc Rivers say it during every postseason: “Keep it simple.”

That motto has helped the Boston Celtics to a very successful half-decade of basketball since Kevin Garnett arrived in town back in 2007. The simplicity of Boston’s system has allowed players of all statures to succeed, from a Hall-of-Famer like Garnett to a former D-Leaguer like Greg Stiemsma.

MIAMI – There was one major positive that came out of Boston's loss Tuesday night in Miami: Leandro Barbosa.

It’s not often that the last man added to a roster in October winds up being a critical player on that team, but Barbosa may buck that trend with Boston. He joined the Celtics less than two weeks ago, so late that he couldn’t even participate in a single preseason game. But that late arrival didn’t prevent him from throwing the Heat into a tailspin Tuesday night.

Pages