Winter Forecast: Celtics third in East

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
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The lockout wiped out Summer Forecast, so we get the first (and hopefully only) Winter Forecast as the 2011-12 season tips off. ESPN.com consulted with 115 of its best basketball minds and had us vote on how many wins each team would finish with in a condensed 66-game season.

The Celtics finished with an average record of 41-25, which ranked them third in the Eastern Conference just ahead of the Knicks team that beat them in Sunday's Christmas Day opener.

Do you believe that's how the season will play out? Or time for a revote already? Sounds off with your thoughts in the comments and check out how our experts see the rest of the Eastern Conference shaking down.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Kelly Olynyk
PTS AST STL MIN
19.0 2.0 1.0 29.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsR. Rondo 7.0
AssistsR. Rondo 12.0
StealsM. Smart 4.0
BlocksJ. Sullinger 2.0