When will the Celtics’ winning streak end?

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Kyrie Irving looks up at the scored board late in the second half against the Dallas Mavericks. –AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

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Sixteen straight. When will the Celtics lose one? – Chuck G.

Well, after what I’ve seen over the last week (rallying from 17 down twice to beat the Warriors, comebacks versus the Hawks and Mavs), it’s tempting to say never. I’m starting to get annoyed that they couldn’t complete the rally to beat Cleveland in the opener, though the post-Gordon-Hayward-injury haze is a valid excuse, I suppose. I guess 81-1 isn’t that much better than 80-2 anyway.

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But to answer the question without my usual annoying facetiousness? I’d like to see them get it to 19 straight wins when they face Avery Bradley and the 11-6 Pistons next Monday. Even better would be a 20-game winning streak going into their Nov. 30 matchup with Hakeem Embiid, Magic Simmons and the Sixers. It’s so great that the best Celtics rivalry of the ‘80s – including the Lakers – is about to reignite again.

But I suspect they lose before that Detroit game. They’ve got the Heat (7-9), Magic (8-9) and Pacers (10-8) coming up this week. Wouldn’t shock me if it ended Wednesday at Miami. The Celtics have increased their degree of difficulty against lousy teams lately (the 3-win Hawks and 2-win Mavs). But if I had to bet on it, I say they get it to 19 before losing to Detroit. Avery’s revenge!

What do you guys think? When will the Celtics lose again? I’ll hear you in the comments.

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