3 Hidden Bright Spots for the Boston Celtics So Far

December 15th, 2015 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »

The Boston Celtics are surpassing expectations with conviction at the first-quarter mark of the NBA season. Instead of hovering in expected mediocrity, Boston has risen to a higher level, putting any lingering doubt of its playoff contention to rest.

Despite some inconsistency, the Celtics are 14-10, two games short of the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The lack of a true superstar to carry the offense is at the core of the occasionally erratic play, but the Celtics are quickly emerging as a top contender for home-court advantage in the improved East.

The recently published ESPN NBA Basketball Power Index playoff odds estimate a bright future for the feisty Celtics. According to early predictions, Boston has a 98.9 percent chance to make it to postseason, with a projected record of 51-31.

Those figures may be slightly optimistic, but the Celtics' impressive showing in the statistical department isn't a fluke. Boston is outscoring opponents by 4.1 points per 100 possessions this season, the eighth-best number in the league, per NBA.com. That is a massive bump in the right direction, as the Celtics ranked just ...

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