I have posed the question—are the Boston Celtics a .500 team? That’s a question I did not think I’d be asking with 26 games played. But here we are with a little less than one-third of the NBA season played and Boston is at 13-13. They’ve been over .500 at times by two or three games and they have been below the mark too. But the fact is the Celtics can’t seem to get it into the next gear.
The Atlantic Division
The New York Knicks (19- 7) are still hammering everyone. They’re tops in the Eastern Conference of the NBA and fourth overall in the league. This is a team that tough to beat. They’re never out of it. What complicates things for Boston is that within the division the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets are about equal to the Celts. The three teams may find themselves in a neck-to-neck race down to the end of the season with only one of three making the postseason. At this point, each of the three teams is anywhere from 5.5 to 6.5 games out of it.
Right now the Celtics look like one of those NBA clubs that will just sneak into the playoffs and then be eliminated in round one. After the past few seasons, which include a NBA championship, that’s a tough thing to take. We expect more of this team just like we expected more of the Red Sox this past season. But the fact is Boston may not even make it into the playoffs. There’s still a long road to go for the Celtics and it won’t get any easier.
Not the 2012 Red Sox
Although I’ve mentioned the Celtics in the same breath as the Red Sox, the Celts are not the Sox. Boston’s NBA team has a solid coach, players who are invested in winning and overall a great vibe. The Celtics, unlike the 2012 Red Sox, look to have a chance to get to the next level. But in order to do that they’ll have to see continued growth in Rajon Rondo, more points from shooting guards Jason Terry and Courtney Lee and dependable plays from the vets Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. And even if all that happens, it will be an uphill battle for Boston to get into the playoffs and win a few games.