Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:52 pm

Celtics and 70 wins?

A while back a poll was started asking the question can the Celtics win 70 games this year.  At the time I was amazed at the negative response to their ability to pull this off.  It seemed the world outside of Boston was not willing to give the returning NBA Champions any credit, let alone believe that they could improve.  Instead, it was a barrage of they are getting old, the team chemistry will erode, Doc Rivers got lucky.  The remarks as a whole were very surprising, far beyond the usual team bashing that goes with any thread posted here.

So here we are 23-2, a winning percentage of 92%.  That's on pace to win 75 games.  Best start in franchise history, and there have been some great teams here.  The big three are performing at the same level as last year, and players like Rondo, Tony Allen, Perkins all seem to be expanding their role.  In short, the total game of the Celtics is better than it was a year ago.  So what do people say now?  70 wins?  A whole lot can still happen as the season carries on, but what many on this board considered not likely, is seeming more and more like a reasonable outcome. 

As a side note, rumors are flying about a possible addition of Stephon Marbury.  A successful assimilation of him into their system, just could be the tipping point.

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