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Subtle reminder: The Celtics are the best team

Chuck - Red's Army February 1, 2011 Uncategorized 8 Comments

ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg says the Celtics are clearly the best team in the NBA.

After Boston's 109-96 thumping of the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at the Staples Center, there can be no argument. The Celtics wrapped up the month of January with a glossy 5-1 record against teams with records better than .500, including a 105-103 triumph over those very Spurs (which, if not for some careless final moments, wouldn't have been as close as the final score suggests).

It's clear the Celtics have saved their best basketball for top competition. For the season, they have a 17-5 mark overall against teams above .500. In fact, against the seven other Eastern Conference teams that would currently qualify for the postseason, Boston boasts a 13-2 mark, falling only to Chicago (the second night of a back-to-back to wrap up a slate of six games in nine days in January) and Orlando (a Christmas Day battle in which Boston fumbled away a double-digit, second-half lead).

Boston is not too shabby against the potential West playoff squads either, with a 6-3 mark against the eight current qualifiers (those losses being to Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Dallas).

Even more frightening (to the rest of the league) is that the Celtics should only get better. We've been saying it for months. Delonte West will change the make-up of the second unit. Jermaine O'Neal will give the frontcourt even more depth (even if its only 5-8 minutes per game).

Doc's biggest challenge is to get the 2nd unit familiar with one another:

"I don't know when [Boston will have a healthy roster], but it'd be nice to see [Shaquille O'Neal], Baby, Marquis and Delonte playing together," Rivers said. "In a lot of ways, that group is new to each other, so we have to get them to play together and show them what we need them to do."

Banner 18… it's inevitable!

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  • Mileke

    Going into this season I figured we would only be a top 4 regular season team, given the January slide we usually have, but the Celtics have went above and beyond my pre-season expectations, they have the 2nd best record in the league, and thats only caause San Antonio had a relatively easy schedule thus far, but I give them credit for the effort, but the celtics havent played to full strength at all this season, while the Spurs have, Im not taking nothing away from San Antonio, but they’re record is better than what they actually are, and I believe at full strength, we are better than our record suggests, plus we beat San Antonio, undermanned, which is another reason I feel we are the better team in the league, Go C’s!

  • BRADinLA

    +1

  • KY Celts fan

    Team with the easiest schedule thus far? Lakers. Things are only going to get worse for them.
    I still think the Spurs are tougher than people give them credit for, and its gonna be interesting playing against them in the Finals. Cuz LAL ain’t getting past them.

  • Lee in Oregon

    I’m with u on the Spurs…very tough team and very similiar to the C’s in that they are a vet team with a great starting line-up. I think the C’s are a bit deeper and slightly better on the defensive end….but the Spurs are playing in the west, and still have a better record than the Celts.
    Spurs-Lakers later this week should be big, but this is gonna be one of those years like ’86, where the lakers dont bother to show up to the party.

  • Doop

    It seems like every time, people doubt the C’s. Every year, they’re “too old”. But it can’t be denied, the C’s are the best of the best. Banner 18 coming up baby!

  • greenbeand

    how they match up vs 1986 Big 3 http://bit.ly/fYWc97

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    Keep up the circle jerk fellas. lmao

  • Andrew

    Lol. But anyone can beat the weak Fakers now.