Everyone is so consumed with Game 1 – Celtics / Heat – but we really need to look bigger picture to get a true sense of where our Celtics are headed. With that said, Celtic Nation takes a deep dive into the first 10 games of the 2012-13 regular season and makes some predictions on how things shake out. Ready?
Game 1 – @ Miami (Oct 30) – Would be nice to see our C’s win this one on the road, but I’m not feeling it. There are still bugs to be worked out, and the rotation will need to be tweaked. Miami will be on a championship high, and (unfortunately) Ray Allen will get the W in Round 1 of the fiercest rivalry in the East. Celtics 0-1.
Game 2 – Milwaukee (Nov 2) – Two days to rest, and then the Celtics get the Bucks at home. Big win in Boston, bank on it. Celtics 1-1.
Game 3 – @ Washington (Nov 3) - First back-to-back of the year. Last season this might have been a problem. This season the depth is the difference. Boston wins over a Wizards team still in search of an identity. Celtics 2-1.
Game 4 – Washington (Nov 7) – Do you really think John Wall & Co. have a shot at beating our Celtics in Boston? The extra rest and practice time will help the Celtics, who will find themselves in a groove. Celtics 3-1.
Game 5 – Philadelphia (Nov 9) - First big test after the opening night title with the Heat. Will Andrew Bynum be healthy enough to play? If so, will Darko Milicic get his first start of the season? And how will our Celtics respond against a young and athletic Sixers squad in search of a signature win? With another W, of course. Celtics 4-1.
Game 6 – @ Milwaukee (Nov 10) – Huge trap game for the Celtics. Coming off a tough win over the Sixers the night before. Traveling to Milwaukee a day later. It won’t be easy, but depth will prevail in the end. Boston gets another W and stays on a roll. Celtics 5-1.
Game 7 – @ Chicago (Nov 12) - You know the saying…can’t win ‘em all. Well, this is the case in Chicago, where the Bulls put an end to our five-game win streak. Celtics 5-2.
Game 8 – Utah (Nov 14) – Our C’s bounce back at home, drop the Jazz. Celtics 6-2.
Game 9 – @ Brooklyn (Nov 15) – I want to say that the Nets are still the Nets of old, but they’re not. They’ve upgraded. They’ve moved. They’ve left the losing behind. Boston gets dropped, and a new rivalry is born. Celtics 6-3.
Game 10 – Toronto (Nov 17) -Our Celtics close out the first ten games with a rout of the Raptors in Boston. Doc is playing the end of his bench midway through the fourth quarter. Celtics 7.3.
There you have it. So don’t panic if our Celtics lose the first game in Miami, the next nine shape up quite nicely for us. A 7-3 record to start the season gives Boston some serious momentum on which to build, and it only gets better from there.