A win streak demonstrates a team excels at both offense and defense. There is going to be games where shots are not falling in the basket. These types of games require the defense to make up for a suboptimal offense. In this case, a long win streak reveals the team has a positive mindset, effectively practice, and maintain consistency. The Boston Celtics 15 game win streak prove they have a good command of these factors.
Several players have played a role in the win streak thus far. Some notable players include Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. Irving has without a doubt provided his teammates a winning attitude from his playing days with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Attitudes can be contagious. Horford is making timely shots and plays to help his team out of tough spots.
Some players on the rise in their career include Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart. Brown is showing flashes of being a two-way player and still has a lot of room for growth. Tatum is showing poise, which is uncommon for players in their rookie year. Smart is showing through his play that management made a good decision with all the roster turnover in the offseason. Of course, there are many other players who have made important contributions. This includes every other player in the playing rotation not mentioned so far.
Brad Stevens, the Celtics head coach, has been instrumental in putting all these puzzle pieces together. A lot of player turnover occurred over the summer. Key figures not in the roster from the prior season who played a role in defying the expectation of many include Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley. Gordon Hayward, an All-Star player, was supposed to be a key contributor to the team this season. Hayward’s potential season ending injury results in the team not being at max power. So, why are the Celtics producing a long winning streak given the heavy player turnover and loss of Hayward? The Celtics are playing like a team who has nothing to lose. They have young players who are hungry to make their mark in the league. Also, there is excellent veteran players to mesh with these younger players.
The Cavaliers have a track record of coasting in the regular season and dominating competition in the post season. What matters is how the Celtics perform when the season is on the line. The winning streak gives credence to the Celtics’ ability to be able to defeat any opponent when they are firing in all cylinders. The recent win versus the Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champions, stands as proof. When the winning streak ends is anyone’s guess. The only thing certain is the Celtics will continue to defy expectations.
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