The Boston Celtics are playing .500 ball in the eight games since their historic 29-3 start. It’s hard to tell if our boys are still just coasting in vacation mode or if something more troubling is going on.
Either way, I’m finding it hard to get too worked up.
It’s January. We’re losing to crappy teams, not good ones, and we still have the best record in the NBA.
However, one truth that has emerged since the first of the year. The Boston Celtics have proved that either 1) they are unable to play 82 regular season games like each one is game 7 of the NBA finals or 2) they have no desire to so.
I’m going with the second option.
The Dallas Mavericks from last year and the Detroit Pistons from Flip's first year demonstrated that fast starts guarantee nothing. You need gas left in the tank for April, May, and June.
Falling asleep at the switch to crappy teams sounds reminiscent of the last great basketball team to play in this town. The 1985-86 Celtics lost 15 games, 11 to teams who finished the season with losing records.
The comparisons to that team will end soon enough, though.
That team went 59-9 from 12/26/85 to game 2 of the NBA Finals.
I will put any amount of money you want against this year’s squad duplicating that feat.
This is not your father’s Boston Celtics.