It’s been brought up in recent weeks that the City of Boston could see a double championship this season between the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins organizations. Well, that is starting to become more and more of a real possibility, so much so that people are now expecting the teams to walk away with titles in their respective sports.
Both teams are sitting towards the top of the standings, the Celtics being neck and neck with the Milwaukee Bucks for first and the Bruins simply dominating the competition. It started out as a “what if” scenario, but now the two high-performing teams have caused fans to fully believe that they will both be champions. It’s interesting because both teams seem to have very similar situations when you look at their recent performance history.
Both fan bases are starving for another championship after watching the Celtics lose in the NBA finals just last year and the Bruins in a crushing 2019 game 7 Stanley Cup finals loss. The green team hasn’t seen a championship since 2008, while the black and gold won more recently, but still dates back twelve years to 2011.
The Celtics are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, but it’s really a flip-flop between them and the Bucks for the number one spot, as they both have 45 wins. The Bucks are also on fire, with a ten-game winning streak to help overtake that first seed. Jayson Tatum is having himself a career year, averaging 38 points per game with 8.8 rebounds, and seems to have taken that leap into a team leader.
Head coach Joe Mazzulla is no longer interim, landing the official head coaching role, seemingly here to stay. The only concern about this Celtics team is its inconsistency, as you will sometimes see them come out flat, or blow a big lead, something to keep an eye on and hope their best ball is being played come May and June.
I could talk about this team forever, as they are just having what can be called a magical season, being the fastest in NHL history to hit 100 points. I would say they have slightly higher expectations than the Celtics, considering they are breaking historical records en route to the Stanley Cup playoffs. From Linus Ullmark being a clear Vezina Trophy front-runner to acquiring Dmitry Orlov, who immediately comes into the lineup and puts up eight points in only three games played, it has been a blast to watch. Even the goalie is scoring goals, as Ullmark etched his name in Bruins history, being the first-ever goalie to score a goal within the franchise.
The Bruins currently sit in first place, and even more impressive, they have a goal differential of +103, which is almost a whole 50 goals higher than the category’s runner-up. Unlike the Celtics, the Bruins and Don Sweeney really made a push this year to acquire some depth and playoff-style guys for this roster’s deep run. I am as excited as ever heading into playoff season and can’t wait to see what these two teams can bring us!