Celtics are finally looking like contenders during eight-game winning streak

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There are win streaks in the NBA and there is what the Boston Celtics are doing to the rest of the league over the past three weeks. Officially, the Green tied the season-high for longest win streak in the NBA with their eighth-straight victory over a hapless Hawks team on Friday night at the TD Garden, but they’ve really done much more than win games in this stretch.

Beatdowns are a better descriptor for these matchups.  

The degree of difficulty for this contest was not high and that’s been the case for the majority of victories during this eight-game run. However, do not let that take away from the fact that has been an unprecedented run of domination by the C’s over the past eight games. A closer look at the damage that Boston has done puts in perspective the potential that this team is capable of.

  • They have averaged 125.4 points per game during the streak.
  • Seven of their eight wins have come by nine points or more.
  • They have scored 120 points or more six times during the streak itself. They did that just five times during the entire 82-game regular season last year.
  • Their net rating during the streak is 21.9, which is twice as much as the second-ranked team in the league (the Utah Jazz) during that stretch.
  • No. 1 in the NBA on offense and No. 3 on defense during the past eight games.

So how exactly are the Celtics putting together this kind of a run?