Boston, MA - After the fall to .500 with a 10-10 record, the Boston Celtics certainly seem to be on the up and up again since they have now ripped off four consecutive victories against NBA opponents with a very decent chance tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls for a fifth victory in a row. On this run, the Celtics downed the New Orleans Pelicans, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and, most recently, the New York Knicks.
The Boston Celtics are now 14-10 and there seems to be a recipe for success that Brad Stevens gets closer and closer to uncovering. Granted, many of these teams defeated by Boston are in not so hot spots in the NBA, but it is still obviously better than if the Celtics were to struggle or even lose to any of them, as they had earlier in the season against some supposedly easily beatable squads.
They've won each game handily, including the most recent twenty-eight point drubbing of the Knicks that saw Boston win 128-100. This edition of Boston's lineup consisted of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, and Marcus Smart, which seems to be among Boston's most formidable combinations of their many excellent players. (Jaylen Brown also proved effective by dropping twenty-one points off the bench.)
It was mostly Irving and Horford who led the way in the game as the latter went for nineteen points and twelve rebounds and the former put up twenty-points and eight rebounds. Irving also tweaked his shoulder during the game, bringing up some injury concerns from the fanbase, but he said it's nothing to worry about. Hopefully, the affliction will not linger for Boston's star point guard.
This seems to be the best possible version of the Celtics where there are so many mouths to feed that every game sees a different player rise to the occasion. It's hard to strike a balance with such an overflow of talent, but with every passing game, Stevens seems to inch closer to a solution that will return Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference.