Are the Celtics the best road team in NBA history?

Friday, December 4, 2009

The question -- posed by Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston -- in case you didn't read the headline:  Could the Celtics be the best road team in NBA history?

The answer: No, absolutely not.  Sure, the C's have looked good on the road so far.  They've already defeated Cleveland, Miami, San Antonio, and a whole bunch of garbage teams on the road. (Knicks, T-Wolves, Nets, 76ers, Bobcats.)  But let's wait a little while before we christen them the best road team in NBA history.  Forsberg's already talking about the Celtics shattering the all-time best NBA single-season road record:
With a 90-83 triumph over the Spurs Thursday in San Antonio, the Celtics improved to 8-1 on the road this season. With approximately 22 percent of its road schedule completed for the season, Boston is on pace to post a 36-5 mark (87.8 percent), which would easily shatter the NBA record for road winning percentage currently held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (31-7, 81.6 percent).
Look, the Celtics haven't played the Lakers on the road yet.  They haven't played in Orlando, or Denver, or Phoenix, or Atlanta, or Portland.  To think they will continue their torrid road play all season, when they haven't played many of the NBA's elite teams and have already faced some of the NBA's worst teams, is nuts. 

Do I hope the Celtics will shatter the record and become all-time road warriors?  Of course.  But do I expect it to happen, or even give it a chance of happening?  No, and please, please, don't bring this up until much later in the season.  At least until the C's have played and defeated a few more of the NBA's best teams in their buildings.


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