Evaluating the Boston Celtics' Player Progress so Far

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Evaluating the Boston Celtics' Player Progress so Far

Just when Boston Celtics fans thought the season was over at 0-4 and began custom-ordering No. 22 Andrew Wiggins jerseys in green, the C's went into full "Celtic Pride" mode for Week 2 and wound up with an impressive four-game win streak.

After struggling early on, new coach Brad Stevens finally seems confident in his rotation, and Boston is playing dominant defense. The C's are not the kind of team that can outscore their opponents regularly, but by capitalizing on turnovers, sharing the rock and attacking in transition, they were able to drop in 120 points against the Orlando Magic and 111 against the Miami Heat.

Overall, the Celtics emerged victorious over the Utah Jazz, Magic on the road and Heat and Magic at home as they somehow thrust themselves back into the Eastern Conference's playoff picture.

The C's currently boast the league's ninth-ranked defense, giving up just 96.4 points per game, and appear to have found a hidden gem in Jordan Crawford, who looked terrific running the point.

While this team is likely headed for a reality check sometime in the near future, let's take a moment to bask in the aura of a 4-0 Week 2 that saw a number of Celtics contribute far beyond reasonable expectations.

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