Celtics put playoff tickets on sale before they’ve clinched a spot

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The Celtics have announced that they will hold a pre-sale for playoff tickets on Tuesday, where fans can gain early access to purchase them simply by signing up to be on an e-mailing list.

One problem: Boston has not yet clinched a spot in the playoffs.

As of Monday, the Celtics are currently holding down the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. But it’s far from confirmed that they’ll get into the postseason, with the Pacers and the Heat each just a game back in the standings.

Boston has five games left in the regular season, few of which are easy. The team’s next two games are at Detroit and at Cleveland, then they’ll host Cleveland and Toronto, before finishing the season at Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back set.

Boston fans desperate to get in on this ground floor opportunity of sorts have nothing to fear if their team ends up missing the playoffs entirely, which, again, is a real possibility. The refund policy, as posted:

The Celtics’ Round One opponent and the dates and times of games will be posted on Celtics.com when they are determined.
If any game is not played refunds will be processed at the point of purchase. Fans who purchase online will receive an automatic refund from Ticketmaster for the face value of each ticket, facility charge and per ticket service charge. Delivery charges will not be refunded.

There’s no financial risk for fans to jump the gun if they so choose. But karmically, it might not be the wisest of choices.