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A Look at Some Historical Comparisons for This Boston Celtics Team

January 14th, 2014 at 6:10 AM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics dropped their ninth straight game on Monday night to the Houston Rockets. Putting them at the half way point to the franchise record 18 game losing streak they put together in 2006-07 before the modern Big Three was put together. 

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Thinking about how long this losing streak is, it is daunting to think back to that disaster of a streak that happened only seven years ago.

However, might it be time to delve into the history books and look at the former Celtics teams that this current group might be close to emulating? At 13-26 the Celtics winning percentage is .333. 

A quick glimpse at the franchise history shows that there have been some bad Celtics teams recently. The previously mentioned 2006-07 team won 24 games, with a winning percentage of .293. It seem unlikely the Celtics will dip that low if they can get Rajon Rondo back for the final 30 games or so.

The sample size of 39 games (nearly half a season) is large enough to figure that this team will fall between the 2005-06 team and the 2006-07 team. In 2006-06 the Celtics won 33 games. This season would be a success if they won 33 games (if you set the expectation right now). However, 24 wins seems like a horrible sentence of a long winter of bad basketball.

Even with Rajon Rondo on the mend, it does not seem likely that they will win more than 30 games. 

Could this team match the 18 game losing streak? Considering the match ups in the near future it probably is not likely. The Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks are all opponents in their next nine games. One win has to be in that bunch, right? We sure hope so.

Luckily for the Celtics, they do not have to worry about being the worst Celtics team ever. That honor belongs to the Celtics of 1996-97 under ML Carr. They won 15 games and managed to lose the lottery for Tim Duncan. It was a mess to say the least.

The Celtics are 0-for-2014. Brad Stevens is earning his money and getting his players to play hard. They have not quit yet. A testament to the environment he has built in the locker room. Hopefully Danny Ainge has his wheels turning with regards to what he can do to get this team to  a better place in the summer of 2014 and beyond. Because the winter of 2014 looks very bleak. 

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge, NBA, Rajon Rondo

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