If you are like me, you can vividly remember back in 2006-7 when the Celtics were the worst of several bad, bad teams in the Atlantic Division. To the point where we all started calling it the Titanic Division.
Has anyone looked at the standings lately? The Titanic Division is back, and worse than ever.
With the losses Tuesday of the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, Atlantic Division teams have now lost 14 games in a row. As a division the Atlantic is 19-36, a winning percentage of 34.5 percent. The Philadelphia 76ers are on top of it at 5-7. It’s not going to stay this way all season… please, don’t let it stay this way all season. The idea of a sub .500 team as the No. 4 seed in the East because makes me queasy. This losing streak will end Wednesday — the Raptors and Sixers play each other and by NBA rules one of the teams has to win. (Hat tip to Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers for pointing this out.)
I think there's still a good chance that the Knicks will figure things out well enough to be a .500 or better team. I'm hoping that the Nets don't figure things out, but they'll also probably manage more wins than losses. I think. I don't know. Regardless, there's no denying that it has been a rough start for the Eastern seaboard.