The interesting duality developing with Boston Celtics

Mar 1, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla talks with guard
Mar 1, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla talks with guard / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

When you are the favorite to win a championship there is added pressure. Factor in being the Boston Celtics with numerous playoff failures, and that gets heightened even more. Boston's dominance this season, with an NBA-best 48-12 record, as well as three 50-point blowout victories, has created an insurmountable pressure on the team's shoulders.

On the one hand, the Cs are the best team in the league and are sort of riding a wave of positivity. On the other hand, the Celtics are facing, without question, the most pressure of the Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown era.

Ultimately, that creates an interesting duality for the Cs.

Some of the statistics that highlight the Celtic's dominance this season are quite absurd. My favorite one is that Boston currently has the fourth-best net rating in NBA history. The three teams that are ahead of the Celtics are the 1996 and 1997 Chicago Bulls and the 2017 Golden State Warriors. For the Celtics to be in the same conversation with those dynasties is unreal!

Historical greatness adds serious pressure to Boston Celtics' season

Although those stats are awesome, they do bring added pressure. The Celtics are going to enter this postseason with an enormous amount of pressure that could affect their mindset. Anything short of a championship will be a massive failure and maybe the biggest in NBA history.

This is the price you pay for being the Boston Celtics.

I think the Cs will be ready for the pressure, and they are starting to show signs that they are built for it. The attacking mindset from Jaylen Brown against the Warriors on Sunday is exactly how the Celtics need to be in the playoffs. If the Celtics play with an angry mindset, they will be impossible to beat.

It will be interesting to see how the Cs handle this interesting duality in the postseason.