Wednesday, January 9, 2013

At the moment this Celtics season is EXACTLY like last year

A week ago I wrote a story for Celtics Life called "Two reasons not to freak out about the Celtics."  So far both are proving to be true, just one game later than I suggested.  Avery Bradley's return has made a huge difference, and the Celtics season continues to be eerily similar to last year; which is what I want to talk about today.

A season ago Boston got off to a very slow start.  They suffered a 5 game losing streak (which included 3 straight blowout losses on the road by 15 points or more) that left them at 15-17 overall.  They were too old and too slow, and trade rumors circulated non-stop.  However, from then on the C's went 24-10, finished with a 39-27 record, and came within a few minutes of reaching the NBA Finals.

This year a 4 game losing streak (including 3 consecutive road defeats by 18 or more) dropped Boston to 14-17.  All the trade talks and "old and slow" discussions resurfaced.  But now the same type of turnaround appears to be happening all over again.  The Celtics have posted very impressive victories against the East's #4, #3, and #2 teams in succession to get back to 17-17.  I don't see any reason to think they can't continue this all the way to the Eastern Conference finals against Miami come springtime; just like they did last season.

Also read my post on Celtics Life about Paul Pierce passing Ray Allen on the NBA's all-time scoring list.  If the Captain can score his uniform #34 tonight, he'll do it.

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