Since the All-Star break, the Boston Celtics have won four straight games and are playing some of their best basketball of the season. They are averaging 118 points per game while only giving up 103. Kyrie Irving has been leading the Celtics with 27 points per game over the last four. He continues to prove that the Celtics trade for him was a smart deal.
During this winning streak, the Celtics bench has been spectacular, with Marcus Smart back from a hand injury and the emergence of Terry Rozier. Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum both have played well, each scoring double digits at least twice in this four game stretch. Lastly, Al Horford has played tremendously all year and has been doing everything for the Celtics. On a nightly basis, he rebounds the ball well, looks to score and has high assist totals for a big man. I believe the key to this win streak has been the rest that the team got over the break. They also are playing better defense and sharing the ball more on offense.
The next big test for the Celtics comes this Saturday night at 8:30 pm against the Houston Rockets, who have won 14 straight. The last time these two teams faced off, the Celtics won 99-98 after two key turnovers from James Harden. This should be a great matchup on Saturday and it definitely is must -watch NBA basketball.