just to be clear, thru December last season they were no more than 9 points out of 1st overall. Even though there were about 10 teams bunched together, it doesn't mean they weren't at or near the top. When you are 9 points or less from #1, you are at or near the top.
10 points and 8 teams separate Boston from 1st in the East right now. They currently sit in 9th. Would you really say that they are at or near the top of the conference? Because I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that would agree with your logic. In fact, it’s quite ******* stupid.