Even with a recent spat of injuries, the Boston Celtics are still the best team in the NBA.
They are the top team in the East and maintain a strong 42-17 record as they head into the All-Star break.
There is a lot of competition breathing down their necks and many more weeks to play, but the Celtics could end up with a very strong conclusion to the year.
The Boston Celtics are on pace to lead the NBA with 58 wins.
If no one wins 60 games, it will be the first time since 2000-01 and that no team wins at least 60 games in a full 82-game season.
2000-01 is the only time in the last 44 seasons that no team won as many as 60 games.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 17, 2023
NBA writer Keith Smith pointed out that right now the Celtics are on pace to end the year with 58 wins.
That is an impressive total but there is some history within the numbers.
If no team wins 60 games, it will be the first time since the 2000-01 season that no one claimed 60 victories in a full 82-game season.
That 2000-01 season is the only time in the last 44 seasons that no franchise has reached the 60-win threshold.
What are the chances of the Celtics winning 58 games?
Could they reach an even higher number?
They have a pretty tough schedule when the season picks back up.
Plus, they have been running into a lot of injuries, with guys like Al Horford, Robert Williams, and Marcus Smart sitting out of multiple games.
Still, they are on track to claim the East – although other teams are quickly closing in on them.
The Milwaukee Bucks are hot on their heels with a 41-17 record.
That means that are just one half-game away from claiming the top spot.
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