1.24.2008

These are Not Your Father's Boston Celtics

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.

2 comments:

Pick said...
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Pick said...

I fully agree that the Celts are gonna make the finals. Of course I hold out this same hope every year, but never too strong because I know I won't be able to go. (my dad went in the 80s and he still talks about it like it was the greatest day of his life)

then I saw the Globe today, and apparently the Celts paired up with a website to let average people get tickets:

Celtics sell rights to buy tickets to playoffs

This is pretty great news, because I firmly believe the Celts are gonna go to the playoffs, and now with this ticketreserve.com I might get too, too! :D

--deleted old post, link got cut off :P

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