Perhaps distracted by the yo-yo movement in the Western Conference standings, where a three game losing streak has seen some teams move from a top-four slot in the standings to a potential lottery team, major outlet notice of the Celts' midseason turnaround came at first grudgingly, but now, like a flood.
The Cs have only trailed in one quarter this year of 16 played to date, winning four straight by a 20.5 point margin of victory, shooting over 50% from the field, averaging 120 points an outing with at least 32 assists per game.
This is what dominance looks like.
So, how'd that homestand go for the Celtics?
20.5 margin of victory
137 assists (at least 32 in each game)
The Celtics had shot 57% just five times in the first 456 games of the Brad Stevens era...
There's still plenty to work on, body parts to get healthy, and recoveries to finish, but at least for now, this is the Celtics team we signed up for, looking every part the contender we expected. Now, the questions to ask are: can they sustain this level of play, and, more interesting to me at least, how much further can they go?