|Posted by GinosJungle on February 16, 2011 at 12:32 AM|
If the Celtics go on and win tonight at home against the New Jersey Nets, they will head into the All Star break with a record of 40-14. That will be good for the 2nd best record in the league, and top in the Eastern Conference.
The plus side: That is a very good record to have considering all of the injuries they have had to battle through. On the flip side of the All Star break they will have Perkins and West in the lineup (two very key players that had very minimal roles in the Celtics current record). Also, in these 54 games, all games against the Lakers are gone, all games against the Magic are gone, and 3 out of 4 games against the Miami Heat are gone.
The negative side: The Celtics have played 30 of those 54 games at home (after tonight). That means they have 6 road games to make up, or 17 of their remaining 28 games will be on the road, or 61% of their remaining games will be on the road (depending on how you want to look at it). Those include games against: San Antonio, Miami, Denver, Utah, Chicago and New Orleans (nevermind the games against the Clippers and Warriors that always seem to give the Celtics fits). Can the additions make up for this and give the Celtics the much needed boost they will need to keep up with this 74% win percentage?
Another negative is that.. I hate to say it but... Doesn't one of the Big 3 have to get injured at some point here? I mean, they are in their mid 30's. Can we really expect them all to stay relatively healthy for the entire season? We'll have to see.
Either way, I can't complain with 40-14 at the break. 74% win percentage would mean they would finish the season with 61 wins. 21-7 the rest of the way (again, assuming a victory tonight against the Nets)?? That is definitely possible, but I would be looking for something more along the lines of probably 18-10 or so to finish the season with a 58-24 record. Anything greater than that is just icing on the cake!