No one's perfect

December, 18, 2009
12/18/09
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The Celtics boast a double-digit win streak, own the best record in basketball, and are headed toward a Christmas showdown against a top rival.

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Greg M. Cooper/US PresswireDoc Rivers knows if his team doesn't play 48 good minutes a game come playoff time, it won't last long.
Sound familiar?

While Boston's 2009-10 campaign isn't quite as glossy as its 27-2 start from last season, which featured a 19-game winning streak, there are plenty of similarities between the campaigns.

Chief among the differences, however, is the fact that Celtics coach Doc Rivers likes the brand of basketball his team is playing, which suggests they can avoid the sort of 2-9 tailspin the 2008-09 squad endured starting with a holiday loss to the Lakers.

But despite all the good vibes around this year's team given its current 11-game winning streak (one that's almost certain to grow with three games at TD Garden against teams with a combined 19 wins over the next five days) there's reason for Boston to tread carefully as it approaches a Christmas visit to Orlando.

Earlier this week we provided a list of 10 reasons why the Celtics haven't lost since falling to the Magic on Nov. 20. It's time to examine what needs to be tightened up to ensure they remain at the front of the pack.

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Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9