Last season we had all of NO national TV appearances. This week alone, we will have not one, not two, but three national TV appearances.
On Tuesday the 27th, the Cleveland Cavaliers game is on NBA TV.
On Thursday the 29th, the New York Knicks game is on TNT.
On Friday the 30th, the Miami Heat game is on ESPN.
The Celtics are finally relevant again. They are gaining respect from our opponents and the media. But that respect comes with a price, the Celtics have become the team to beat and every team will be gunning for them. The Celtics have won their games in a variety of ways. There was the last second OT win against the Raptors, the 1 point win against the Heat, the last second win in regulation against the Bobcats, and assorted blowouts and easy wins. They have lost only one game and that was by only 2 points and we had a few chances to win that one but the shots didn't fall.
Before the season, the word was that the Celtics hadn't won anything. There were questions as to how long it would take for chemistry to build, whether the three stars could mesh and get enough shots between them, and if the bench was enough. And many questioned if Perk and Rondo could provide enough to supplement the 3 stars in the starting lineup. These questions have been answered in an emphatic way. They built chemistry surprisingly quickly and the three stars are meshing perfectly. They are unselfish and work together very well. The bench has been contributing and are improving with each game. Perk and Rondo have been playing great and complement the 3 stars very well. And, best of all, they are playing tough defense and that is key for any team.
It can be no longer said that they haven't won anything. It is still early, but so far they have answered every question and then some. The Celtics have won 11 out of 12 games with many more to come. Yes, the Celtics are finally getting some respect and 3 appearances in one week on national TV bears this out.