The Boston Celtics are in it for the long haul and are beginning to show the league why they made it to the ECF last season. The Celtics are currently on a six-game win streak and show no signs of slowing down during the short stretch to the playoffs.
Since April began, Boston has won every game but one. Boston holds a record of 8-1 with seven games remaining in the month and are 5th in the eastern conference with a record of 31-26. Even better, Boston’s young guns have been showing why they’re one of the top duo’s in the NBA. Tatum, who averages 26 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, boasted a career high 53 points in Boston’s 145-136 victory over the Timberwolves and then another 44 points in a 119-114 win over the Warriors. Though, Tatum is not the only youngster scoring bucket. Jaylen Brown dropped 44 points and 9 rebounds on the Lakers in a 121-113 win. This Celtics team seems to have found their groove and look rather good after their horrendous start.
The Celtics started the season on a pace many did not see coming. The NBA regular season began in the third week of December and the Celtics entered as one of the top contenders. This was until their first game of the season when they faced the Philadelphia 76ers.
Boston’s newly acquired PG/SG Jeff Teague was Boston’s point man. Teague scored 18 points and had one assist, which is unacceptable for the talented Celtics. Boston’s dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 15 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a block. This was not what the fans wanted to see out of their top players.
Through the month of December, Boston also lost to Brooklyn twice, split with the Indiana Pacers, and beat Milwaukee and Memphis. The Celtics then slumped into January with a 3-4 record, which had the fans worried.
Boston started off the month of January with a close loss to the Detroit Pistons, falling 96-93. The Celtics main reason for the bad start? Twelve points in the first quarter. They scored TWELEVE POINTS! They were outscored 27-12 in the first, but after that monstrosity they outscored the Pistons in every quarter, which is why it was so close at the end.
The Celtics would see a win streak the following two weeks, winning five in a row. They got their revenge against the Pistons, beat Toronto by twelve, won a nail-biter against Miami, beat Washington 116-107, and demolishing Orlando 124-97 without Tatum.
Although, all good things must come to an end even for the team who has a four-leaf clover as a logo. Boston was without their star PG, Kemba Walker, due to injury for at least the first month of the season. Walker made his season debut on January 17th, but it did not go how fans would have liked.
The Celtics went on to lose three in a row, losing one to the Knicks where they were only allowed 75 points, and losing two to the 76ers. This was a bad week for the Boston Celtics. They received help on the court, yet having their closest game being a 117-109 loss to the 76ers. The other two games saw a deficit of twelve and thirty points, which was another reason Celtics fans began to lose hope for their team in green.
In the last week of January, Boston won two and lost two, but their biggest victory came against the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 141-103. Four members reached double digits as the Celtics continued their teetertotter season. Boston ended January with a record of 7-6 in the month and 10-10 on the season.
The Celtics continued to flirt with the win column throughout February, going 7-9. Then going 6-8 in March to keep up their consistency in the losing bracket. Their season record at the end of March was 23-27 and had little enjoyment.
The only good thing that came from March was the trade deadline and this is where Boston began to make their moves.
The Celtics made a questionable trade when they sent Daniel Theis to the Bulls for Mo Wagner, who was recently released so Boston could sign Jabari Parker.
The big trade Boston made was a transaction the sent Jeff Teague and two second round picks to the Magic in exchange for Evan Fournier. This was a huge piece for the struggling Celtics because Fournier, who averages 18.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assist per game, would be the perfect bench role player that Boston needed.
This seemed to be the push the Celtics needed to get the ball rolling. Although Fournier had a terrible start with his new team, going 0-10 in the FG column and 0-5 from three, he has proven why he was a major trade target. Fournier has only played in four of the eleven games Boston has played since acquiring him, but the Celtics have looked incredible.
Like mentioned before, the Celtics are currently riding a six-game win streak and are beginning to look like the team that pushed their way to the ECF last year. Their young guys are beginning to put up points, the injuries are slowly diminishing, and bench players are starting to fit into rotations rather smoothly. Boston looks like they are getting hot at the perfect time.