Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 1/18/12

A quick scan of the NBA standings would probably leave the majority of passive basketball fans floored. The Boston Celtics, fresh off several successful seasons, are in the db-y column only four times this year. Age, Injuries, Perkins problems? (And no, we’re not talking the ratty joint Tiger Woods frequented while nailing that sewer rat waitress) Those are all theories being throw around recklessly like a dart in blind frat house. Leave it to everyone to have their own, including myself. (smiles)

It’s as simple as this. The NBA has loaded up their schedule with a bevy of good teams early. Fair or unfair, I don’t think any team in the NBA has seen a schedule with as much muscle as Boston. A lot of teams would have struggled through it the way the Celtics have. No, that doesn’t mean that the Celtics won’t be feeling their oats come April. Teams are playing a lot, and by a lot, I’m talking 4 games in 5 nights. Damn near impossible if you’re sporting an eight man rotation featuring numerous elder statesmen.

Now, I don’t expect the Celtics’ issues to be this dreadful all season, there are some bad teams out there to beat up on. In fact, they should make the playoffs with zero issues…but they won’t do anything there. They were casualty of the lockout, plain and simple.

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