|Posted by Morena on December 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM|
The 31st of October look like yesterday, but we’re already twenty games in the regular season. One fourth of the regular season is gone and we are in the first place in the Atlantic Division. Wait, what?? Yes, hard to believe, but that’s the truth. If there was ever a year when we needed the team of our division to play bad, it was this year, and it’s really happening.
Philadelphia (7-13) started the season strong, they have some good players, but right now, I don’t see them as a dangerous team.
Toronto (6-12) is the team we’re used to see in the last years so it’s not a big surprise to see them down low in the division. What’s strange is to see them in third place.
The Knicks (5-13) were supposed to be the top team in the division,instead, they’re in fourth place. And to think they won the last two games, or their record would be even worse.
Same for the Brooklyn Nets (5-14). All the eyes of the Atlantic division were on them after the big trade of this summer and they’ve been a big disappointment so far. To see them in the last place is pretty strange.
And then, looking down on everybody else, with a 9-12 record, the Boston Celtics. With the same record, we would be in last place in the southwest division.
But let’s look at our team.
At the beginning of the season, we expected our record to be a lot worse by the end of November, but this team surprised us, and not just for that reason. During the summer, the talk about tanking hit Boston like a cold wind, trying to destroy all the hope and excitement for our season. Luckily, the Celtic staff didn’t buy in that theory and build up a competitive team. Even better, the guys know what they’re on the field for, and they just keep playing basketball. Sully spoke this week and he looked insulted by the fact that some fans wanted the team to lose on purpose. That’s not what champions do.
And I’m pretty sure we’re not done with the surprises for the year. We’re just starting to put everything together and we’re still far away from the best team we can be.
Sweat, pain, effort. That’s the story that TD Garden floor will tell at the end of the season.
And that’s the story we all want to hear.