History says not even these Celtics are a lock

The Celtics are a lock.

Not just a lock to beat the Pacers, but a lock to beat Minnesota, or Dallas. Create an Indiana-Minnesota-Dallas all-star team and the Celtics will humiliate it.

Bet everything you own on it.

Forget the lottery. The Celtics are a no-risk, high-return, absolute lock.

Anyone over the age of 25 should know better.

OK, let’s amend that: Anyone old enough to remember the 18-0, unstoppable, invulnerable New England Patriots.

Believing that team could actually lose to the wild-card, barely respectable, New York Football Giants clearly crossed the line into the Twilight Zone. 

(Had Rod Serling been alive, he would’ve scoffed at the notion of producing a show based on such a ridiculous premise.)

There was ample evidence that the Pats were battered, bruised and utterly human. Indeed, they were lucky to escape the Meadowlands in the final game of the regular season with a 16-0 record.

And the Giants had a fair measure of good fortune in their Super Bowl XLII. But they were also more physical than any other team the Pats faced on their run to glory and were on an impressive stretch of their own.

Still not convinced?

Let’s recall the 2004 New York Yankees. 

When the Yankees crushed the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, 19-8, only someone with gobs of money to burn would be so insane as to put a nickel on a Boston comeback.

Then came Dave Roberts’ stolen base, Bill Mueller, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling’s bloody sock, Johnny Damon, some more David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe  …

And the Boston Red Sox were the first big-league team to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a postseason series.

Anyone who claims they saw that coming needs an emergency lie-detector test.

Before ponying up the house because the Celtics cannot possibly be stopped short of their 18th championship banner, remember the past.

The Celtics are not a lock.

There is no such thing as a lock.

But don’t put a nickel on Indiana, Minnesota or Dallas.