Remember right before the season, when Rasheed Wallace predicted the Celtics would win 72 games and match or surpass the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls’ record?
Let’s just say Rasheed wouldn’t make a great fortune teller.
Via the Boston Herald:
They lost because they stopped passing the ball and decided it was better to go one on whatever and launch contested shots. They lost because they drove into the teeth of the Bulls defense and got their shots blocked 10 times. Yes, they were mentally tired, but they should have been smarter.
Under the circumstances, this should have been an ugly Celtics win. And that still would have been grounds to debate what the NBA allowed on the court. Instead, the latest sellout got to see the C’s mathematically eliminated from a shot at the 1995-96 Bulls record of 72 wins.
Not even halfway through the season, Boston has already lost its chance to challenge one of the most sacred records in the NBA.
And why is that? Mostly because it’s almost impossible to match the Bulls’ pace for an entire season.
To do it, a team would have to be head and shoulders above every other team in the league, give 100% effort or damn close to it every night, avoid injuries to any of their key players, and keep all that up over the course of an entire season.
If you look at that checklist of things a team needs to do to reach 72 wins, the Celtics have completed zero of them.
Which is why, only 38 games into the season, you can cross 72 wins off the list of things the ’09-’10 Boston Celtics can accomplish.