The Boston Celtics are only a game above .500 in the early going, with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks sitting atop the Atlantic Division, although Celtics fans likely aren't worried.
Boston has lost both of their head-to-head matchups with the Nets thus far, falling late in the first game in Brooklyn but falling into a 20-point hole in the first half Wednesday night before a fight saw Rajon Rondo ejected. That doesn't exactly bode well, as the Nets are making a statement that they belong on top of the division, alongside the Knicks, who started the year 6-0. Even the Andrew Bynum-less Philadelphia 76ers are ahead of the Celtics in the season's first few weeks.
However, the C's were below .500 as late as February 28 last year in a lockout-shortened season, but ended up getting the No. 4 seed in the playoffs after ending the year on a 22-12 tear, eventually getting to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, so a shaky early start isn't worrisome with nearly 70 games remaining.
Here's the full Eastern Conference standings after Wednesday night's games:
|New York Knicks||13||9-4||.692|