The red hot Celtics look to continue their hot play after the All-star break
The Celtics have won an astonishing ten out of their last 11 games heading into the all-star break. Lead by MVP Candidate point guard Isaiah Thomas who just came off one the greatest months in Celtic history. Thomas averaged 32 points per game over the calendar month of January. Only Celtics legends Paul Pierce and Larry “Legend” Bird have had better months while wearing green than Isaiah did. What could have lead to the sudden spike in play of the Celtics All-star point guard? The absence of shooting guard Avery Bradley, who was averaging 17 points and 6.9 rebounds per game(leading team), definitely played a part in his ascension. Bradley has been dealing with an injury that will sideline him until after the upcoming all-star break.
Coach Brad Stevens has had his hands full with this young Celtics team, yet they have managed to overcome each obstacle in their path so far. At the Start of the season the East was considered a one team race with Toronto having the best, although it was slim, chance at dethroning LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers. As it stands right now the Celtics are Second in the Eastern Conference Standings and only two games behind the reigning champions. The recent play of Isaiah Thomas may be the main reason the Celtics have been on tear throughout the league, but the emergence of key role players such as Jae Crowder, Terry Rozier, and rookie number 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown have also played a pivotal part. Jae Crowder is in the middle of a breakout year. Shooting close to the historic 50-40-90 mark that only few elite NBA have ever reached is more than enough reason for him to be upset when fans chant for Gordon Hayward of the visiting Utah Jazz in hopes of landing a big star next off season. The number 3 overall pick from California Jaylen brown is showing Boston fans why he was taken over more popular players like Kris Dunn. Standing at 6’7 with above average athleticism his defensive prowess has been on full display Avery Bradley’s injury stint. Most surprising, but not really to me, has been the play of Terry Rozier. The former First-round pick was thought to be an end of the rotation kind of guy after a disappointing first season. But Brad trust him, and that trust has resulted in a monumental leap in production from the Celtics second year guard.
I would go about it by interviewing fans about their opinions of the season and what direction they think the NBA is heading with the emergence of “super teams”.