I think you need to read this again AMMO.
Two games out of No. 8 in the East with all those injuries? The Raps will take it. And there's always this when No. 8 is out of reach: They need just one 3 in 21 more games for 1,000 games in a row with at least one triple.
It's not saying the Raps will take the 8th spot. It's saying they'll gladly take the position they are in right now all things considered. And then it goes on to make it seem as hopeless as ever, suggesting that the 8th seed will be out of reach soon enough. But there's the streak!