Twenty games into the 2012-13 season, it's pretty easy to look at the Celtics performance thus far as underwhelming. Their 11-9 record puts them in a tie for 6th in the East, their point differential (+0.7 per game) is the 14th best in the NBA, and the team has yielded these rather pedestrian numbers while being pretty damn healthy. After all the only player on the roster to miss more than three games (not counting DNP-CD's) thus far is Avery Bradley. So far, while the season has not been a disaster by any stretch, it's fair to describe the results as a bit disappointing on the whole.
Just don't tell that to Sixers coach Doug Collings. After the Celtics beat up on Philadelphia, 92-79 on Saturday night, Collins went on at length about how impressed he was with the Celtics, from Steve Bulpett's Herald column.
They’re going to be really good, I thought (Friday) night (a 95-94 overtime loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia) they were great defensively (the Sixers shot 37.4 percent).