The first half of the season was riddled with pits and falls for the Boston Celtics. Yet they closed it out playing their best basketball of the season, winning eight of their last nine games.
In the second half, expect to see much of the same. Maybe even better.
What head coach Doc Rivers has done with this team is nothing short of spectacular.
If losing Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa to season-ending injuries was not enough, throw in the Celtics’ lack of depth at critical positions. They have only three guards—none that are a true point guard—and the team’s only option at center is 36-year-old Kevin Garnett—a power forward for the vast majority of his 17-year career.
Not to mention, Boston only has 10 healthy players on the roster.
That’s a proven recipe for disaster.
Instead, Rivers has taken it and mixed it up and conjured up one heck of a masterpiece.
Sure, the Celtics still have a handful of flaws, but what else would you expect from a team as depleted as them?
But somehow, through it all, Boston stands at 28-24 and only 3.5 games out of third place in the Eastern Conference.
And with 30 games left in the regular season, they’re only just beginning.