If I told you that on the season opener the Celtics will lose their second best player to a horrific injury then go on a 14 game winning streak with a rookie and sophomore in their starting line up to gain the top seed in the NBA you’d think I was crazy!
Well just that has happened after losing their first 2 games Kyrie and the Celtics have gone on a 14 game winning streak. This streak didn’t come at the expense of lottery teams. The Celtics achieved this feat beating real teams like the Popovich Spurs, the MVP & OKC Thunder and championship Warriors. Not to mention the upcoming Lakers and Sixers who are a threat to anyone.
The main reason as to why the Celtics are winning so many is because of their defense. They are the number one ranked defensive team. Despite losing their two best defenders in Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, coach Brad Stevens has devised a defensive strategy that has Kyrie Irving (a player not known for his defense) among the top defenders in the league averaging almost 2 steals a game, being top 5 in deflections and top 5 in defensive efficiency.
They’re holding teams to 98 points a game and outdid themselves against the warriors holding them to 88 points! The Celtics team defense has become so prolific that they’ve made; Carmelo, Steph, Klay, Porzingis and Embiid all shoot under 30% from the field when playing against them. To make these all stars shoot under 30% from the field is not easy feat. Unless you’re defense is that of the Celtics.
Another reason for their winning streak is the fourth quarter heroics of one Kyrie Irving! This man is really unstoppable in the last 12 minutes of a basketball game. He has had clutch shot after clutch shot in almost every fourth quarter including the loss to the Cavs.
Are the Celtics for real? The answer is yes! They’re on 14 game winning, the best team in the East by far and are looking better and better by each game. With the cavs not looking too great and very old the Celtics have a legit shot at dethroning the King of the Eastern Conference.
Can the streak stay alive? Tonight they take on the Atlanta Hawks to keep their win streak running. Win or Lose the Celtics are a team that are for real and need to be taken seriously. They’re the best defensive team in the league who have the best closer in basketball currently, their MVP candidate Kyrie Irving.
I guess the old mantra is correct, defense does win games.