Looks Like the Celtics Are Legit
Almost a month ago, Toronto's Raptors defended their turf and place in the NBA East standings by edging the Boston Celtics, 114-106.
Mighty munchkin Isaiah Thomas by going 8-19 and 8-9 for 27 points.
The Green went 7-3 since then, with the latest four victories strung together coming into their home rematch. The Raptors muddled along at 5-6 and saw Boston catch them in Eastern race.
This was a breakthrough of sorts for Boston. Entering the game, they were 0-4 against Toronto and Cleveland.
If the Celts want an extended spring, they need games like this.
Thomas, of course, has been beyond incredible.
There's still concern, though, that the club's current hotness is an example of spending too much time marveling at the silver lining and ignoring the cloud.
During their recent results, dating from their loss in TO, here's the breakdown:
- Four of Boston's seven wins were over sub-.500 teams; and
- Two of their three losses were to playoff frontrunners Atlanta and Portland
Too small a sample size? Perhaps, but they've gotta play their schedule.
Thomas is torrid, but the little dude's no Pistol Pete. Sooner or later, his teammates must jump into the spotlight, too.
Dudes still have 33 games ahead of them before the rubber really meets the road. Still, they're right in the mix, maybe even setting themselves up for a playoff run that -- if everything went right -- might rekindle a treasured Celtic tradition:
Red Auerbach lit 'em up then.
To even approach their storied past this season, the Celtics need Isaiah Thomas to keep lighting 'em up now.