When the 2021-22 NBA season began, many thought the Boston Celtics were going to have one of their worst seasons in the league. With Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart all having their respective issues, Ime Udoka has managed to turn the tables on this franchise in a matter of months. Which has led to Stephen A. Smith giving them an abundance of “valid and deserved” praise.
The Boston Celtics have been one of the best teams since the beginning of this year. Not only did they have one of the best balance sheets and winning percentages, but their defensive record was exceptional. Additionally, their consistent form has helped them almost earn a playoff berth from the East.
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What was Stephen A. Smith’s opinion on the Boston Celtics?
Statically supporting the point raised by Stephen A. Smith, Boston is the best defensive team in the league. Only the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors are even close in total defensive standings. But as of Christmas, the gulf between the Celtics and everyone else is huge. Stephen A. Smith has called the Celtics the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and has stated clearly that he believes so. Most of his argument has to do with the defensive strength of the Celtics.
Another advantage of the Boston Celtics for calling them the best in the east is the fact that they don’t have a losing record against any of the current playoff teams. That’s absolutely right, the Celtics are either .500 or better against every single one of them. Most of their losses were registered during their early struggles in the 2021-22 season.
It certainly looks like Stephen A. Smith is one of the many analysts and players who have begun to believe strongly in the most successful team in NBA history. With Ime Udoka’s side just a few wins away from earning a straight playoff spot, will they finally be able to keep their composure this postseason? Remains to be seen.
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