After the double-OT thriller in Boston Friday night, the exhausted and beat up Warriors saw their undefeated season come to an end in Milwaukee the following day. The Celtics, on the other hand, traveled to Charlotte Saturday and found enough in the tank to knock off the Hornets, who had just won four straight and taken over the No. 2 position in the East.
A victory that should've come as a surprise was in fact perfectly normal for this Boston Celtics team:
NBA teams win back to back games on the road 35% of the time. The Celtics have won 10 straight. The hit list... pic.twitter.com/gxF6z5R8Fy— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) December 13, 2015
Based on Grande's 35 percent number, the chances of the C's 10-game winning streak in this situation is a little less than 0.003 percent.
Evan Turner says Boston prides itself on winning second games of back-to-backs. "It's symbolic to our toughness."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 13, 2015
It's been more than 10 months since the Celtics lost a road game on the second night of a back-to-back. Also worth noting, seven of the 10 wins followed a loss the night before. Via Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com, Brad Stevens tried his best to retionalize this phenomenon:
We have been awfully good on the second night of back-to-backs for whatever reason on the road. We have a lot of confidence that… if we struggle early, we will find that second wind. We’re not going to make any excuses.
That's not much of an explanation, but what else can Stevens say? It's a ridiculous/improbable/astounding (insert whatever crazy adjective you want here) streak, and all we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride!
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