At the moment, the catchy, “Everything is awesome” song could be in the background as the Boston Celtics play.
Friday evening the Celtics continued to embody that track by extending their winning streak to five games, albeit against inferior opponents, and maintaining the second best mark in the Eastern Conference at 22-7 with a 129-117 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics have now won five straight games, with an average margin of victory of 16.2 points per game.— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) December 27, 2019
And things were even better as Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum looked like the NBA’s next superstar tandem by combing to score 64 points.
But even after a career performance like Brown had, he won’t let himself or the Celtics get complacent.
“We definitely got to continue to have the right balance, make the right plays, the right reads and continue to get better,” Brown said. “We still have our best days in front of us. As a team we got to continue to strive. Worry less about the opponent and more about us. We got to get better. We’re looking to be a team playing deep into the postseason this year.
“Every game counts. Every game is a chance to get better. Every game is an opportunity and we got to make sure that we seize it.”
We saw a strong showing from both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum tonight against the Cavs, as they combined for 64 points in a 129-117 win. pic.twitter.com/75Vz7eyOmq— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 28, 2019
That’s certainly a much different tune than the notion of we’ll just turn the switch when we get to the playoffs that Kyrie Irving spewed all of last season.
The Celtics still haven’t had their full roster all available either, as Brown, Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart have all suited up together in just five games this season. Robert Williams, who is a key up-and-comer, has been sidelined recently, too.
If the Celtics can ever get their health near or at 100 percent, it feels like the possibilities of the team’s potential are endless, especially with Tatum and Brown’s play rising exponentially.
The talent and skill has always been there for the Celtics, and this season, with the desired results coming their way, so has something else that they seemed to miss out on a year ago.
“Winning is fun,” Tatum said.
With this group, there’s more fun and winning to come.