Monday Morning Point Guard
It might not look like it now, but the Boston Celtics will lose another game this season. There is no way they'll be the first team in NBA history to win 80 games. They have won a franchise-record-tying 18 games in a row, following a 124-105 demolition of the New York Knicks on Sunday. And, after 28 games, the Celtics are 26-2 -- which matches the 1969-70 Knicks and 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers for the best start in NBA history -- and on pace to win 76.
But even if the Celtics don't win 80, 76 or even 70 games, this current winning streak is pretty incredible, especially when you consider that it was just two years ago that Boston lost 18 games in a row. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce deservedly get the credit for Celtics' turnaround to become NBA champions, but Boston has done a great job of developing the young talent around them.
The best part about this incredible ride is that Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins -- two starters from the Celtics team that endured a franchise-record 18-game slide in 2006-07 -- have played a huge role in producing the fifth-best winning streak in NBA history. Rondo scored a career-high 26 points against the Knicks, while Perkins scored a career-high 25 in a win against the Chicago Bulls. That same night, Rondo had 15 assists, and challenged Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt to a race in 2012.
The Celtics haven't lost since a home defeat against Denver on Nov. 14. Ten of those victories have been by 12 or more points. The 1970-71 Los Angeles Lakers have the longest streak in NBA history at 33, which adds a little more spice to the Celtics' game against the Lakers on Christmas -- especially if Boston is able to extend the streak to 19 games with a win against the 76ers on Tuesday.
The Houston Rockets won 22 in a row last season before the Celtics came to town, on the second end of back-to-back games, to end that streak with a 20-point victory. The Rockets proved that a hot regular season streak doesn't guarantee that a team will make it out of the first-round of the playoffs. But barring some unforeseen injuries, there is a good chance the Celtics won't have that problem.
One reason is that the NBA is lacking the parity of past seasons. The league is more top heavy than ever before, with Boston, Cleveland and the Lakers all winning more than 80 percent of their games. Just think. The Celtics have won 18 in a row and there are 25 teams that don't even have 18 wins at this point. Heck, the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder have just 18 combined wins.
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