Holding the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-5 is hardly a cause for concern for most NBA franchises.
But with an NBA-best 17 titles, the Boston Celtics aren't exactly another NBA franchise.
The championship-or-bust brand of thinking that seems to follow the Celtics regardless of the makeup of their roster has fans a little more than weary about this average start. A seven-game Eastern Conference Finals loss to the eventual NBA champions (the Miami Heat) may have yet again set expectations a little out of reach for this current Celtics team.
As it would with any struggling professional sports team (no matter if those struggles are real or perceived), the finger-pointing blame game has begun in earnest. Statistics would pin the blame on a Celtics interior that has allowed the NBA's worst rebounding differential (minus-5.27) and is tied for the second-fewest blocks (3.27).
But that's not the only reason for Boston's early-season funk.
All stats used in this article are accurate as of 11/19/2012.