From the start of the 2007-08 season until the end of the 2008-09 season, the Celtics had only lost 16 games in Boston—playoffs included.
Now they’ve set pace to match that total in the regular season of this year alone.
Throw in the unforgivable home loss to the Nets, which gave them only their third road win in 30 tries, and the season is teetering on disaster for the Celtics.
With the signing of Rasheed Wallace, the return of Kevin Garnett, and the emergence of Rajon Rondo as a premier point guard, the Celtics were expected to run away with the Eastern Conference. Instead, they’re only seven games ahead of fifth-seed Toronto.
For a team whose roster looks more and more like an All-Star lineup than a championship-contender, the Celtics have become one of the biggest disappointments of the season.
Although the Celtics have been fighting a multitude of injuries, there’s little excuse for their staggering fall from grace, especially given that they play in the weaker of the two conferences and the softest division in the game.
Despite all of the Celtics haughty boasts including Wallace’s prediction that the Celtics would make a run at the 72-win ‘96 Bulls regular-season record and Kevin Garnett guaranteeing that the Celtics would win the next two-straight championships, the Celtics have yet to translate their talk into anything of substance this year.