The feeling among fans and the media was that the Celtics were an average team that would not be able to go on a sustained run in the playoffs. The past couple of weeks has changed that narrative. The Celtics have won eight of their last eleven despite dealing with injuries to key players. Let’s take a quick peek back to see how this team has picked up its game.
The Celtics have been surging. In April so far, they’ve won all but three games, a stretch that includes a West Coast trip in which they went undefeated. Albeit, they did benefit from beating a LA Lakers team that lacked Lebron James and Anthony Davis due to injury. Not to mention, they had to stave off the second-string Lakers in the fourth quarter.
Then Friday night they failed to sustain a comeback and lost to Kyrie Irving and the Nets, though both teams were injury-depleted. So the jury is still out regarding the accusation that this team lacks a killer instinct. We have about a dozen more regular season games to find out.
In any case, this is quite the turnaround for a team whose roster Danny Ainge, in February, said was “not good” – a startling admission from a team builder – and then followed up that comment by not doing much at the trade deadline. The Celtics hope to get trade-deadline addition Evan Fournier back soon, and there’s hope rim protector Robert Williams can also come back from injury by playoff time. To me, this still does not look like a team that can make a deep playoff run, but at least they’re keeping it interesting – for now.
By: Peter Mooney CruelFan.com