The Boston Celtics enter a very interesting time in their season. Tonight they begin a west coast road trip that could truly destroy their season (or make it perfect, depending on your perspective). The last few weeks have been trying for Celtics fans. They have lost six of their last seven games and have dropped to 13-20 for the season. They have fallen out of the playoffs (if they started today).
However, Bill Simmons sent out a very interesting tweet following their loss on Friday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Here it is:
Celts are quietly 2 losses back from having the NBA's 2nd-worst record. And they've been fun to watch all year. This season is a success!!!!— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 4, 2014
Surprising, right? We have probably forgotten, due to the horrible Eastern Conference, that this Celtics team is very close to the bottom of the league. There are 8 teams with worse records than the Celtics right now. However, the teams below them are very close.
Here is how the bottom of the league looks right now.
|New York Knicks||10||22||.313|
Seven of the eight teams below the Celtics are only within three games in the win column right now.
Six of the next seven games that the Celtics play are against teams above .500. Five of those games are on the road, four teams could be argued as Western Conference Championship contenders (Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Portland Trail Blazers).
The way things are going right now, is it safe to say two wins would be a solid return from the next seven games? That would put the Celtics at 15-25, losing even more ground in the playoff push.
Looking at those bottom nine teams it's clear that there will be a race to the bottom as the season progresses. It's going to get very ugly, especially around the trade deadline. Are guys like Kris Humphries and Jordan Crawford playing their way into trades? Could the Celtics be big-time sellers in a month? Considering some of the talent on the teams below the Celtics (Brooklyn, New York, Cleveland, and even Philadelphia), it conceivable that the Celtics could slip into the top five of the draft.
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