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The Boston Celtics are exactly where they were last year after Christmas. Record wise.

Winners of 14 straight they came into Amway Arena in what Karl said is Brandon Bass' biggest game of his entire career. Orlando managed to squeak a win away from the Eastern Conference Champs and while mostly everyone is at awe in this newly revamped Magic roster (hailing them the new streakbusters), we all know better... the playoffs aren't held in December.

Ask Kobe and Phil. They know what I mean.

I have personally never forgotten the above record (23-5) because a year ago I had high hopes the Cs would dominate the league with the best record, and win it all again in The Finals. Both of my wishes didn't come through, but not without a fight.


Last year, after achieving that number, the Cs had to brace themselves for a series of unfortunate events ranging from injury to illness to personal issues that resulted in a 27-27 aftermath. When the dust cleared out in the regular season, Boston had a 50-32 record. Believe me, I thought we'd never hit 50 that season, the way our team inconsistently and unpredictably performed.

But as the Law of Rhythm states, life has its ups and downs and there is a time and season for everything. For the Celtics that time, they had already reached their "rock bottom". And come play-off time, with everyone back in good health, the only direction they were logically headed was nothing but up. Someone (presumably Doc Rivers or their own hearts and egos) flipped the switch back to "kill mode", and up they went from one series to another, crushing Dwayne Wade's Heat, LeBron's then Cavaliers, and Dwight's Elbow, er, Magic.

The script handed to Boston in the postseason was played to perfection, until the final moments of Game 7 in L.A. (I'll stop here, lest it evokes some emotional memories again).

Bottom line when you add all the tangibles and intangibles last season, Boston's never been hungrier than ever for another championship. Definitely, it's all about 18.

What happens this year after Christmas... after 23-5... is yet to be known. We can figure it out using all the stat sheets we can come up with, make every logical comparable analysis in Celtic history, or do the math with Kenny and Charles and give a straight-out prediction. Slim chance we'll get it right.

Because while this team is built on tradition. Its foundation is laid on its heart. And that, you can never measure.

Last year it was a rollercoaster ride until the last seconds of June. This year, we pray... we hope... and we believe... the Celtics will continue riding their winning ways en route to Banner 18.

This time don't ask Kobe and Phil. They'll figure it out in the end.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Celtics Life!

Gerald Alden 12/27/2010 01:22:00 AM Edit
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11 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love this articlee!!!

  2. Last year will not happened again, We will not be 27-27 again after our lost on Christmas day. let's just keep our fingers cross.

  3. Rondo!! says:

    I have been saying this for a while - the whole 'Celts are exactly where they were at this time last year.'
    I really dont know what to expect from this point on, but i HIGHLY DOUBT we will go 27-27 again. The C's WILL be better. They are deeper at every position than they were last year. I cant wait to see this team @ 100%.. Those other teams better be ready..

  4. its me says:

    i think we will do a lot a better than last season cuz hopefully we are getting all these injuries out of the way early and kg just looks so much better

  5. Rondo!! says:

    Oh, another thing - The C's are already far better at home so far (13-1) this season than they were last season. I think they will keep racking up wins at the Garden this season.

  6. Anonymous says:

    "Hear, hear!" Go CELTiCS! BANNER 18 ~ Get it done in 2-0-1-1! :-)

  7. nails488 says:

    what i just wish for them, is to keep healthy and the banner 18 at the end will be right above their head... they watching what they´ve got.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Haha.. I like the part when you say Kobe and Phil will figure it out at the end

  9. Anonymous says:

    No way 2727 is gonna happen again ... Watch out NBA it is the year you respect green and ..... the heart ..

  10. Anonymous says:

    the good news, we got many injuries very early in this season and have this record despite all those injuries and the unpredictability of every game, Doc's done an amazing job using what he has... and i think there's only good stuff to look forward to! =)

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