Heading into the winter months, it's comforting to know the Celts will be around
, providing Bostonians with top-notch sports entertainment during those long cold nights in between the Pats and Sox seasons. I used to try to convey to my nephew, who wasn't around during the Bird-McHale-Parish era, how much fun it was in the '80s to flick on the TV and say with excitement, "Hey, the Celts are on!" It didn't matter who they were playing. It didn't matter whether it was a close or blowout mid-season game. One of those teams on the TV was great -- and it was the Celts. ...
And, yes, I'm in the early stages of comparing this current team to the '80s Celts. I know I'm setting myself up for disappointment. It's a long season. Injuries will be, as they always are, an unknown factor. The current team also has displayed a preliminary pattern of starting strong and ending erratically. They can be very frustrating. But, good lord, look at the starting lineup and the bench. This is one hell of a team on paper -- and, so far after just two games, on the court.