The Boston Celtics held a 16 game winning streak. They had big wins over the Thunder, Hornets, Warriors, Hawks, and the Mavericks winning the games by as many as double digits. The Celtics have young and growing talent as well as a couple veterans. The Celtics’ draft pick this year was Jason Tatum. Jason attended college at Duke University and was very talented. The oldest player on the Celtics’ team is Al Horford, 31 years old. Horford is a stretch 5 man, he can spread the floor, bang inside, pass, and grab rebounds. The Celtics’ star player is Kyrie Irving. This is Kyrie’s first year in Boston. He came from The Cavaliers after requesting a trade. Kyrie was the sidekick to arguably the greatest player of all time, Lebron James. Kyrie possesses a versatile range of skill and aggressiveness. At only 25 years of age Kyrie already has years of playoff and even finals experience, and is not afraid to take the big shots, and orchestrate a team. Other Celtics’ key players are: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Aaron Baynes, and Terry Rozier.
The Celtics’ streak was ended at 16 games losing to the Miami Heat. The winning streak which almost stood as the fourth longest winning streak in their franchise history. This is no easy achievement when looking back at some of the Celtics’ great teams including the 85-86 Celtics with greats of Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, Kevin Mchale, and Danny Ainge. Also including the 2008 Celtics including The big four of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. When comparing this year's Celtics to these great teams they are among the greatest. The disappointing outcome against the Heat ended the Celtics’ winning streak. The outcome was 104-98. The Heat’s record is 10-11. The Heat’s key players consist of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Dion Waiters. This team is not winning their conference and they are not rebuilding. They are stuck in the middle just trying to win games. The game Wednesday November 22nd took place on Miami’s home court. The Heat had a lot of help from Goran Dragic, 27 points, and DIon waiters, who dethroned Boston’s comeback scoring 8 points in the final 3 minutes. The story of the game was Miami’s momentum feeding off the crowd and bench players, which lead them to rally past the Celtics by 6 points.
Although the Celtics do not hold an outstanding winning streak anymore, don’t overlook them as they are the best team in the East with the record of 18-4. Despite this small set back the Celtics are still looking to remain aggressive and show the league they are a finals contender and will not be a doormat for the toughened western conference.