The Boston Celtics hit a bit of a wall after the All-Star break, but they seem right back on track again.
They proved to be one of the ruling forces of the Eastern Conference by thrashing the Milwaukee Bucks on the road by 41 points.
The playoffs are just around the corner, so that kind of effort versus a likely rival in the Eastern Conference Finals may have been great for team morale, not that they needed much of a boost.
Notably, Celtics star Jaylen Brown actually believes they’re a better team than they were last year when they lost in the NBA Finals.
"I think we're a better team than we were last year."
JB on the Celtics still trying to improve as the playoffs are approaching pic.twitter.com/B27vYW3Lc9
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 31, 2023
They did add some interesting pieces, especially Sixth Man of the Year candidate Malcolm Brogdon, who’s been massive for them all year long.
The Celtics are a deep team with plenty of options at every position.
They’re fresh off a deep postseason run and finally have the experience they need to take a leap forward.
They match up well against virtually every single team in the league.
They can go small with their shooters or pound inside with Robert Williams III protecting the rim.
And they also have one of the finest duos in the league with Brown and Jayson Tatum, so they shouldn’t be afraid to go against any other team in the league in a seven-game series.
So, the Bucks may have the best record in the league, but the Celtics might as well be the team to beat in the Association right now.NEXT: NBA Fans React To What Jaylen Brown Said After Celtics Win