8.14.2012

Whatsa Matta wit da Celtics?

November 8, 1980

The Celtics entered last night's game with a 7-4 record, amidst an occasional "What's-the-matter-with-the-Celtics?" query from worried fans. The answer is basically that the club, which could have been 10-1 by eliminating a few mistakes here and  there, had not played enough home games. Counting Hartford, the Celtics were 3-1 at home and 4-3 on the road. It's interesting to note that if the Celtics were to win their next four games, starting last night (they're all at "home," including tomorrow night's Hartford affair with Chicago), they'd be 11-4 after 15 games.

Last year after 15 games they were 12-3. And they lost No. 16 . . . The Celtics boasted of seven double-figure scorers and an eighth man at 8.8. Milwaukee's big point men were Marques Johnson (21.2), Brian Winters (16.1) and famed sixth man Junior Bridgeman (16.0).

7 comments:

FLCeltsFan said...

I've long since learned that a 24-2 start or a 15-11 start doesn't mean anything in the big picture of winning a championship. Some teams start quick and then fizzle. Others start slow and then turn it on at the end.

Lex said...

very good point. My first exposure to fast start and then fizzle was the 50-10 blazers, who then fizzled once walton got injured.

FLCeltsFan said...

A lot of the fizzles are due to injury.

And sometimes it takes awhile to develop chemistry.

FLCeltsFan said...

Funny, just listened to this video of Havlicek talking about how Red always wanted his teams to get off to a fast start.
http://www.csnne.com/pages/video?PID=uvXM2-m8oYJYWMI4Ko2htr4FPH2_BQZkX_aPkg

Lex said...

my brother the lakers fan used to poke fun at the 80s cs for always starting out 17-3.

Must have been a carryover from red

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