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NBA | Feb 26

Celtics’ Record Mirrors ’08 Title Team

Boston Currently Has a 45-12 Record, the Exact Same Record They Had in 2008 When They Won the NBA Championship

Celtics Replicate Their 2008 Record
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics is defended by Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks/Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Green Machine 🍀

The Boston Celtics will be your 2024 NBA world champs…

In NBA news, the Boston Celtics laid waste to the New York Knicks, 116-102, on Saturday night, and their 45-12 record after 57 NBA games is identical to the 2007-2008 Celtics’ iteration over that same span. For those who don’t know, that team was the last to bring a world title home to Boston.

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Team of Destiny

The Celtics recently defeated the Knicks on a random Saturday in February. Big deal, right? Well, yeah, it is a big deal for several reasons, the least of which is that it was on the road against a divisional rival and it just happens to be Boston’s eighth straight win, with half of those victories coming on the highway.

But the even bigger picture here is that my Boston Celtics are currently obliterating the field with 45 wins after 57 games which equates to a .789 winning percentage. I say “my” Celtics because I was born and raised in Boston and I even bet a few futures on the Green Machine before the season started.


How’d you like to have tickets on Over 53 ½ (-140) Celtics’ season wins and +440 on the Cs to win it all? Well, that’s what I’ve got and I don’t mean to brag but…well, of course I mean to brag, who the hell am I kidding? Yeah, I’m bragging because I saw the changes the team made in the offseason and that total looked absurdly low.

So, here are the moves the front office made that convinced me this team was going to make a real run at the title this season. You see, the NBA rumors proved to be true when the Celtics rid themselves of a locker-room distraction in Marcus Smart, a defensive wizard who couldn’t help but take ill-advised three-point shots. He was a momentum-killer who took away chances from guys who could, ya know, score.

That was addition by subtraction in my opinion. So when they wheeled Smart out of town for Kristaps Porzingis and subsequently traded for Jrue Holiday, that’s just about the time I made those bets.

Fast forward to February 24th, 2024, and now they are keeping pace with the 2007-2008 Celtics’ juggernaut, the last Celtics team to parade an NBA world championship trophy around town. If this year’s edition continues to mirror that ‘08 squad then they will win six more games before they lose their next one, sitting at 51-13 and poised to make a postseason run.


Those 2008 Celtics went on to claim playoff series wins over the Hawks (4-3), Cavaliers (4-3), and Pistons (4-2), and ultimately defeated the Lakers, 4-2, to win the franchise’s 17th world championship crown.

Naturally, there’s no one left from that championship edition but let’s compare the starting five from both teams just for sh*ts and giggles.

2008 Celtics

  • Paul Pierce (Hall of Fame)
  • Kevin Garnett (Hall of Fame)
  • Ray Allen (Hall of Fame)
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Kendrick Perkins

 

2024 Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum (Future Hall of Famer)
  • Jaylen Brown (Future Hall of Famer)
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Derrick White


In my estimation, this 2024 team stacks up favorably and I would dare say that Jayson Tatum’s stats and skillset are superior to any player from that 2008 team while Porzingis and White are far and away better than Perkins and Rondo. Therefore, the debate has been settled – the Boston Celtics will be your 2024 NBA world champs, so get down now before the odds continue to plummet!

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