Breaking down the final stretch

On playoff seedings, Shaq's status, and starters' slumps

Updated: April 7, 2011, 3:23 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

CHICAGO -- It's been a while since we've dipped into the Celtics Mailbag (probably for the best, given this team's up-and-down play over the last couple weeks, and it was rather amusing, in hindsight, to read the letters of incredulous fans as the Celtics rode that roller coaster). But as we prepare for Thursday's showdown between the Celtics and Bulls (Eastern Conference finals preview, anyone?), let's clean out the 'bag:

Q: How much emphasis should we put on Thursday's game vs. the Bulls? ...

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