Celtics - Patriots Two Different Stories

Many have compared the Celtics appearance in the 2008 league championship to the run that the 2007 Patriots had to the Super Bowl. Kevin Saleeba says whoa, hold on... not so fast. These are two different types of teams.

Prior to game five of the NBA Eastern Conference Championship series, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked by Celtics coach Doc Rivers to address his basketball team in the TD Bank North Garden locker room.

The three-time Super Bowl Champion coach jumped at the chance and simply said to the men in green to "just get it done."

It certainly must be killing Belichick that his undefeated Patriots could not "get it done" when they had their opportunity for the first 19-0 season in Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants. The Patriots fell flat on the flying Elvis' face and Belichick was warning the Celtics to not let Lucky the Leprechaun to make the same embarrassing face-plant on the NBA's biggest stage.

Some sports pundits in the New England area have tried to compare the current Celtics squads as being an equivalent story to the previously mentioned 2007 Patriots. The comparison is utterly ridiculous because the Pats had the best regular season in the history of the NFL going 16-0, a feat never accomplished before in the history of the league.

The Celtics, however, won 66 games this season, a great accomplishment, but not historic. A better NBA-NFL team comparison would be the 2007 Pats and the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls, who racked up an unbelievable 72-10 record; although the Bulls capped their regular season with a title, unlike the Patriots.

If you are going to compare any Patriots team to this year's Celtics, it should be the 2001 Patriots team. That Pats team went from last place in the AFC East to first in the division during their march to a Super Bowl championship. The turnaround was very much unexpected like this year's Celtics. The Celtics' 66-16 record is the NBA's best one season turnaround after its 24-58 mark the previous season. Despite the big offseason acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, no one in the media expected the birth in the NBA Finals. Both the 2001 Pats and the current Celtics teams will go down as two of the most magical and memorable seasons in Boston sports history. The 2007 Pats season will be nothing more than a forgettable nightmare in comparison.

Belichick's locker room words must have made an impression on the Celtics, because Boston won two straight games against the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Championships, including the series clinching Game 6 on the road in Detroit.

The Celtics now head into the NBA finals for the first time in 21 years against the Los Angelis Lakers. Let's hope they "get it done" for banner number 17 and to help make the 2007 Pats nothing more than a forgettable dream for Boston sports fans.


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