By no means have they shocked the world, as they are still a losing team, well below .500. As new head coach Brad Stevens said, they haven't lit the world ablaze just yet.
Still, there are bits and pieces to be taken away from these first 20 games and given a closer look. Are these statistics sustainable for a team like Boston, or are they anomalies that will soon pass as the year wears on?
A .400 winning percentage, which Boston has now, would round up to a 33-49 full-season record. That is hardly anything to write home about. Should the Atlantic Division and parts of the Eastern Conference begin figuring themselves out, Boston would seem to slink back into the cellar, though Rajon Rondo's impending return could also give them the jolt to maintain competitiveness.
With the current state of their immediate competition, it is still easy arguing to buy or sell Boston's season as a whole. When we break it down further, to the pieces that make up that season, buying and selling can get really interesting.