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Winning streaks be damned. Banner 18 is the goal. listed the Boston Celtics 20-game win streak as 1-of-10 Things we've learned halfway through the 2023-24 season (per Shaun Powell):

"Celtics are clutch at home. The 1985-86 Celtics are considered one of the greatest teams of all time and they went 40-1 at home. In that lone loss, they fell to an ordinary Blazers team, Larry Bird shot 6-for-29 and Boston had 26 turnovers. So anything’s possible.

This year’s Celtics team is headed in the same direction in terms of home protection, having run the table so far. Jayson Tatum and pals have beaten the Bucks, Sixers and Wolves and dropped 155 on the Pacers at TD Garden. Denver’s up next (7:30 ET, ESPN).

If the Celtics mirror ’85-86 and maintain home-court advantage for the playoffs, how many teams are capable of beating them in a best-of-seven?"

That 1985-86 Celtics crew is considered by many, including myself, to be the best NBA team of all-time. Bird, Parish, McHale, Johnson, Ainge, Walton, Sichting, Wedman. The Blazers countered with Jim Paxson, Clyde Drexler, Mychal Thompson, Sam Bowie, Darnell Valentine, Steve Colter, Jerome Kersey, and Caldwell Jones - a decent team but not a powerhouse like the Bird-led Celtics - or frankly - the present Jokic-led Nuggets.

Larry Bird had an "off-game" offensively. He was 9-of-26 (.346) from the field and 0-of-2 on treys. The Green piled up 26 turnovers to the Blazers 13 miscues. 

Not surprisingly, "Clyde the Glide" was the main instigator for Portland, racking up a team-high 19 points, along with three rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks. The final score was Celtics-103, Blazers-121.

So, yes - the 2023-24 Celtics are potent at home, much like Bird-and-Company. One loss to the present Jokic-led Champs is not a reason for concern. The Hell with streaks of any kind. Banner 18 hanging in TD Garden this season is the goal.


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