Taking stock of C's at All-Star break
They are who we thought they were
The Celtics arrive at the All-Star checkpoint with a 19-35 record, which puts them on pace for a 29-53 record overall. Back in ESPN's Summer Forecast, that's exactly the mark our panel of experts pegged the Celtics for. What we probably didn't expect was for the rest of the East to be quite as dismal and the Celtics to own only the sixth-worst record in basketball. That means Boston will seemingly be hard-pressed to get into the bottom three while currently owning a three-game lead over an Orlando team with the third-worst record in the NBA.
January wasn't as bad as it looked; February hasn't been as good as it appears
The Celtics went 2-15 in January, setting a new team record for most losses in a calendar month. What got lost in that sea of losses was that Boston was competitive in a lot of games, including a string of three single-digit losses between their two victories. A pair of trades overhauled the backcourt, and injuries left the entire rotation in flux, while a daunting schedule didn't aid matters either. Boston played better than its record indicates. The Celtics arrive at the All-Star break feeling better about themselves for having won four of six to start February, but those four wins came against the four worst teams in basketball. There are still plenty of strides to be made after the All-Star break (though the trade deadline could again shuffle the roster a bit).
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