The Boston Celtics started the season with loss after loss. First, they lost All-Star forward Gordon Hayward for the season with a gruesome leg injury. Then, they lost their first two games. Since that time, the Celtics have not stopped winning… literally. Boston is currently on a 14-game winning streak and sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings. Last night, they were able to hold the Golden State Warriors to just 88 points in their 92-88 win on national TV, which is the lowest point total the Warriors have ever scored when Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green were all suited up.
Kyrie Irving For MVP?
With Hayward out with injury, many people believed that Boston would finish near the top of the East, but no one believed they’d still have a chance to make it past the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s safe to say that if they want to have any chance of doing so, Kyrie Irving is going to have to play lights out. To this point, he has done just that. Currently, he is averaging 20 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds per game in just over 30 minutes, while dealing with a facial fracture that has caused him to wear a protective mask. The numbers may not seem MVP-worthy just yet, but the spark and playmaking ability that Irving has shown early on this season cannot be understated when it comes to the success that Boston has been able sustain. If the Celtics keep this up, could Kyrie be in line for his first MVP award?
Can They Dethrone The Cavs In The East?
The real question in everyone’s mind is whether or not Boston has enough to sneak by Cleveland in the East. The Cavaliers are still struggling, and LeBron James has been logging a ton of minutes during the early part of the 2017 season, which does not bode well for the 3-time defending conference champions. One thing about the Cavs’ lackluster start that stands out is how much they truly miss Kyrie. With Isaiah Thomas still out with injury, Cleveland has done everything to try and get something out of the point guard position. They even started LeBron at point guard one game. Now, the Cavs are looking up at the Celtics in the East, but only time will tell whether or not it will remain that way.