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SBN Reacts: NBA fans consider the Celtics to be contenders

They are shaping up to be true contenders with their defense

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The Boston Celtics have won 5 straight games and 16 of their last 18. In fact, all the metrics seem to be trending in the Celtics direction.

The Celtics currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference, just percentage points behind the Bulls. They are 4 games out of first place and 1.5 games behind the 2nd place Bucks.

Only time will tell if this group can keep this momentum going well into the playoffs but it is better to be hitting your stride at the end of the season than the beginning. With a championship level defense, a soon-to-be MVP candidate, a 2nd all star level, and supporting cast with no weak links in the rotation, there’s a lot to like on this team.

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