Boston Celtics – When Are They Going To Lose?
Posted by admin on November 16, 2007
The Boston Celtics are simply the hottest team in the NBA right now. Granted, they have Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to lead the enslaught. But, seriously they are playing really, really well. They are a balanced team, strong on both the offensive and defensive ends. So, I am asking myself, how long can they go without losing? The longest winning streak to start a season was recorded by the Houston Rockets and the Washington capitols in 1993 and 1948, respectively. It seams all too possible that the Celtics are within reach of that record.
Currently, the Boston Celtics are 7-0. That is obviously a perfect record, but what is more impressive is how they got to that point. On average, the Celtics have beaten their opponents by over 17 points per game.The only time this season that they have even come close to losing was their 98-95 overtime win against the Raptors. Yet, KG and company held strong, showing that not only can they blow teams out but they can also win the close ones.
So, what is next on the horizon? In order to set a new season-opening winning streak, the Celtics would have to win their next 9 games. Is that do-able? Well, considering their competition, yes!! over the next 9 games Boston’s schedule is as follows: the Heat, the Magic, the Warriors, the Lakers, the Bobcats, the Cavs, the Knicks, theÂ Heat again, and then the Cavs again. Of that group only the Lakers and the Magic are above .500. Furthermore, the Lakers just do not have enough talent to guard or break down Boston’s formidable line-up. So, it all rests on the shoulders of the Orlando Magic. It comes down to whether Dwight Howard can cope with Kevin Garnett, whether Rashard Lewis can best his former teammate Ray Allen, and whether the rest of the Magic lineup can handle Paul Pierce. In my opinion, the Magic do have the talent to beat the Celtics. But right now, the Celtics are so hot that they are going to be tough to beat.
My prediction: The Celtics go 11-0 from here on out, bringing their streak to 18-0. But, in their 19th game, they will lose to the Bulls.
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