Prior to their first meeting with the Golden State Warriors back in December, the Boston Celtics were on an unbelievable tear. With a league-best 21-5 record, they were comfortably atop the standings, but a defeat at Chase Center threw them into a downward spiral.
After that loss to Golden State, the Celtics lost four of their next five games, missing out on the top spot in the process. The ability to overcome challenges is the mark of a great team, and the Celtics eventually came together. They had a 7-game winning streak going into their rematch with the Warriors on Thursday, and they continued it with an overtime victory. After the performance, Stephen A. Smith praised the Celtics as the league’s finest team and predicted they would win the championship.
Stephen A. Smith on the Boston Celtics
“Boston’s the best team in basketball Molly. They can hurt you in a multitude of ways. Right now, I don’t think anybody would argue with the fact that Jayson Tatum is a leading league MVP candidate, he is a superstar. They have the best depth in the NBA, one could argue about Denver as well, but I’m gonna pick the Celtics for the moment. And, not to mention the fact that their defense can turn it up a notch whenever Robert Williams is on the court. Right now, the Boston Celtics are easily the favorites to win it all,” he said.
After this, the Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors to extend their winning streak to nine games as Jayson Tatum sat out due to a wrist injury. In Tatum’s absence, Jaylen Brown, Malcolm Brogdon, and Grant Williams all scored over 20 points, demonstrating once more how strong this squad is.
Can Celtics win this season?
Last year, the Celtics came perilously close to winning their first title since 2008, but eventually fell short. It will require an enormous effort to defeat them in a seven-game series because they have appeared to be a squad on a mission. Shams Charania reports that the Celtics are interested in Jakob Poeltl, indicating that they are also dissatisfied with what they currently have. As a defensive presence, he would give them another excellent frontcourt option, which may be helpful given Robert Williams’ history of injuries. It’s unlikely that anyone will defeat them this season if they manage to acquire him.