When the New Year rang out on January 1, the Boston Celtics had little cause for celebration and a laundry list of resolutions.
Coach Doc Rivers' team looked older, slower and softer than last season's club that fell one game shy of an Eastern Conference championship.
But 2013 has been kind to the Celtics, who currently boast a season-high six-game winning streak. The team is disposing of playoff contenders like overly optimistic diet plans.
That surge in the standings (20-17, seventh in the East) has brought with it a bevy of media coverage ready to once again crown the league's most decorated franchise.
But here's where some analysts are missing the boat. The conference elites aren't starting to take notice of Boston, they've never let the club stray out of their collective sights.
But there have been some noticeable changes with this team. And a variety of people responsible for them.