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Irish Coffee: Celtics going streaking!

Wake up with the Celtics [1] and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

It’s the year of the streak. The 2010-11 NBA season has already seen three teams pile up double-digit win streaks, and four others have won at least eight straight.

Four of those streaks have been snapped, and one more will end on Wednesday night, as the Celtics (winners of 10 straight) visit the Knicks (winners of eight straight). The Heat also put their nine-game win streak on the line Wednesday when they host the Cavaliers [2].

Just for fun, let’s rank those seven streaks in terms of level of difficulty, and then compare them to the 1971-72 Lakers’ all-time record of 33 consecutive victories:

1. MAVERICKS

2. SPURS

3. HEAT

4. CELTICS

5. HORNETS

6. KNICKS

7. LAKERS

I probably should’ve predicted that people would jump right back on the Heat bandwagon as soon as they started stringing together a few wins. Exhibit A [6]: CBSSports.com slots the Heat at No. 3 on its Power Rankings — ahead of the Celtics, who have a better record, a longer win streak and two head-to-head wins.

Exhibit B [7]: NBA.com’s Sekou Smith, who makes a ridiculous prediction:

The Miami Heat [8] just might be the best team in the NBA right now. They certainly aren’€™t doing anything to hurt their cause. They continue to steamroll the competition in ways that didn’t seem possible just three weeks ago, when many people were questioning their union of superstars. …

We know it’s taboo to look too far ahead, but the way this Heat team is playing right now they could run off a string of wins that challenges the 1971-72 Lakers’ NBA record 33-game streak.

Really? You’re making that leap? Here’s a few of the teams the Heat would have to beat over their next 24 games: The Knicks (3 times), Magic (twice), Mavericks, Lakers, Hawks, Blazers, Nuggets, Bulls and Thunder. Easy, right? Not for a team that was 9-8 before they started their current nine-game winning streak.

By the way, here’s a breakdown of the 33-game win streak by the 1971-72 Lakers:

1971-72 LOS ANGELES LAKERS [9]

KEVIN GARNETT [10] GETS ‘SLAM’MED

SLAM Magazine put together a nice feature [11] on Kevin Garnett, picking up on what everybody who has watched the Celtics on a nightly basis knew already: A healthy Garnett is a dangerous Garnett. A couple of interesting nuggets:

CELTICS-KNICKS HISTORY LESSON

ESPN.com’s Peter May provided a history lesson [15] for people who weren’t around the last time a Celtics game against the Knicks meant something. Here’s a synopsis of the piece in timeline format:

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