The following is a piece I wrote for CBSBostonSports.com. You can check out the column in full by clicking here
The Celtics are on top of the Atlantic Division. That’s a sentence most NBA fans didn’t expect to be see written at any point this year, much less a quarter of the way through the season.
After battling through one of the most brutal travel months any team has faced in the NBA, the Celtics remain in the thick of it amidst an underperforming Eastern Conference.
Playing without Rajon Rondo for the first 20 games of the season, the Celtics have grinded their way to a respectable 8-12 record behind the leadership of new head coach Brad Stevens. Given the tough circumstances, even he would have to be somewhat pleased with the Celtics start, right?
“It means nothing. We’re pretty close to last place,” Stevens said of the team’s early record, “so it doesn’t mean a lot. It really doesn’t. I don’t’ think we should gauge ourselves on it, nor should we focus on it, because it’s very fleeting if you do that.”
How about the fact you are on top of the division, Brad? You should feel good about that though, right?
“I know [the standings],” said Stevens after the win Tuesday night. “But it has no bearing on my life. Literally, none. You can take a snapshot of where you stand versus the competition, but it has nothing to do with your preparation on your next opponent, it has nothing to do with getting better tomorrow, it just has what’s happened. So yeah, I do, I know, but I have no reason to know.”
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