PAUL AND HIS NEW TEAMMATES proved that superstars could not only coexist, but flourish.
In the face of impossible expectations, Paul, KG and Ray Allen led Boston to eight straight victories out of the gate, and to 26 wins in their first 29 games.
They beat every contending Eastern Conference team during the regular season, announcing to the league that they would be a force to be reckoned with all year long.
Meanwhile, the Truth was having one of the most rewarding seasons of his career. Though he averaged only 19.6 points per game -- his lowest average since his sophomore season -- Paul was thriving in virtually every aspect of the game.
|Paul scored 35 points in a 98-90 victory over San Antonio, February 2, 2008 (Getty Images)
He had put his personal achievements aside, focused more on the defensive end of the floor, and had slimmed down in order to be able to defend an opposing team’s best perimeter players.
He was leading a juggernaut in a way he had never led before, and the Celtics were an unstoppable team because of it.
They won 66 games in the regular season, the best record in the NBA and the biggest single-season turnaround in the history of the league. With home-court advantage secured for the duration of the playoffs, the team was poised to begin their second season.
Paul's statistics for the regular season: