One of the arguments against the importance of our 61 win season was that it was a weak East.
BUT, look what I found.
Everyone would agree that the 1986 Celtics were a great team, right? The Lakers were damn good too, correct? After all, Boston won 67 games that year, and LA 62.
Guess what. In the East, only THREE teams had a winning record. The #8 seed was Chicago with a horrible 30 wins. The 6th and 7th seeds won 39 games each.
Out West must have been different, right? Not really. 6 winning teams. The 7th and 8th seeds won 37 and 35 games "respectively".
Even that crappy Celtics team we swept in 2004 won 36 games (6 more than the '86 8th seed Bulls).
I have to conclude one of two things here. Either we're entirely too hard on ourselves today, or we're far too soft on the past.