Just when you thought all that talk about 73 wins was dead…
Still wondering if the Celtics, winners of nine in a row and boasting
an Eastern Conference-best 18-4 record, could win 72 games this season?
According to computer simulations that produce John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds,
the Celtics could still finish at 73-9 overall, which would set a new
NBA record for wins. Then again, the Green are just as likely to finish
at 42-40, which is to say that neither scenario is very likely.
But go ahead and print those 2009-10 Atlantic Division champions
T-shirts. According to the numbers, Boston is 99.9 percent certain to
capture the division title based on computer simulations after the
first quarter of the season.
I don't think anyone really expects the C's to challenge the 70 win mark… but I think what this shows is how well the Celtics have overcome their early struggles. Forsberg is right… the C's will neither get to 73 or fall to 42 wins. But… there's an outside chance.
And when you think about the way the C's were playing… their rebounding issues… and the injuries to Glen Davis and now Marquis Daniels… AND the way KG has essentially treated November and December like extended preseason to get himself into shape after his knee injury… AND the fact that Ray Allen is still only shooting 33% from three…..
…. the fact that the words 73 wins can be written in a piece about this year's Celtics is amazing. We feel like the C's have so much work to do, yet they're 18-4, a half game behind LA for the best overall record in the NBA and a game and a half up on Orlando in the East. Maybe that, more than anything, shows how good this team really is.