Tuesday, July 23, 2024

There’s one thing particular about this Boston Celtics group


I’m not going to spend a complete lot of time on yesterday’s sport. The Celtics had been flawlessly dominant, however the Warriors additionally simply had “a type of days” (which Boston has had this yr, too – although not THAT unhealthy). As traditional, I’m making an attempt to zoom out and take into consideration what this latest win streak means to the large image.

I’ve to maintain reminding myself that NBA titles aren’t gained in March. Loads of groups have peaked too early solely to search out themselves stumbling when it mattered probably the most. Simply final yr, the Celtics peaked earlier than Christmas, however when the temperatures and stakes rose, they couldn’t beat the Warmth.

With that caveat firmly acknowledged and affirmed, I have to say that this group has immaculate vibes. Like, traditionally related vibes. Like, vibes that remind me vaguely of the 1986 and 2008 Boston Celtics.

The weather are all there that we’ve been speaking about all season lengthy. The overwhelming waves of expertise on each side of the ball. The purchase in to team-first, play-the-game-right mentality. The main focus that comes from understanding the second and this window of alternative. The dedication that comes from arising quick within the latest previous. All indicators are pointed in the fitting route.

After all, issues can occur. I’m doubling down on my efforts to not jinx this factor. Any variety of issues might go sideways and there are different very gifted groups on the market aiming for a similar prize in June, together with the defending champion Denver Nuggets who’ve dominant vibes of their very own.

However the Celtics are creating great habits in the mean time. There have been a number of video games just lately that would have gone both means within the third and 4th quarters. Video games that may have been nail biters or intestine punches in earlier years. As an alternative, this group has hiked up their shorts, crouched down, eyes targeted, nostrils flared, and went to work.

We’re nonetheless somewhat beneath the months away from the playoffs even beginning. The Celtics subsequent opponent, the Cavs, might be of their path throughout these playoffs. The sport after that’s in opposition to the aforementioned Nuggets (who already beat the Celtics as soon as this yr). There’s nonetheless loads of work to do.

However man, that is enjoyable proper now.

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