Power rankings: C's in bottom half

So you knew it wasn't going to be particularly pretty after the Celtics dropped the first three games of the 2011-12 season, but Boston dipped all the way to No. 16 in ESPN.com's first regular-season power rankings.

Yes, the Celtics are in unfamiliar territory among the bottom half of the league's 30 teams. In fact, their eighth best in the Eastern Conference behind Miami (1), Chicago (2), Orlando (5), Philadelphia (9), Indiana (12), New York (13), and Atlanta (14). Ouchtown, population you, bro.

Boston's only wins have come against the Pistons (26) and Wizards (30). Needless to say, that didn't buy them much goodwill from curator Marc Stein. He writes: "It felt like forever watching them labor through those first three games on the road without the ailing Paul Pierce (heel), but it was only last season that the Celts were the last team in the league to lose a game. Remember that 8-0 start?"

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