They took down the Houston Rockets. In a far better Western Conference, the Rockets are currently sitting in the 3 seed. They also grabbed victories against both Detroit and Toronto, two playoff teams. Also, they handled both the LA Clippers and the Utah Jazz. the 5 and 4 seeds in the Western Conference.
So clearly this Celtics squad is showing they have something between their legs. The ones who claim this is just a temporary hot streak can, quite frankly, kiss my ass.
There should be no doubt in anyone's mind when it comes to deciding whether or not the C's are one of the better teams in this league. No doubt at all.
Now, this is not to say they are championship ready. I would be ignorant to say that. They sure as hell "can" with this team. However, it is not a high-probability situation. The Celtics are still a piece or two away from being dominant. All i am stating here is that there should be no more overlooking this team. They are not a "rebuilding team." They are not in need of a "blowing up." This team is ready to win, and they are closer to taking home a championship than most think.
Are they ready to beat the Cavs in a 7-game series? Probably not, but notice how I mentioned the number 7. If the Celts and the Cavs were to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, I would 1. say that is a terrific season and 2. confidently predict the series goes to 7 games.
Let us not forget the Celtics have one of the best scorers (the best in the 4th quarter) and one of the best coaches in the league. Yes, that is only two "categories." However, just like the Celtics in general, do not overlook how important they are.
If you sleep on the C's...you are about to be awoken by a loud, irritating, and well-justified alarm clock...