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Warriors coach Steve Kerr is totally impressed with the Celtics’ 13-game win streak and penciled them in because the crew to beat within the East for years to return.
“It certain seems like Boston is the crew of the long run within the East, with the belongings that they nonetheless have and their younger expertise and their teaching, and Kyrie (Irving) is superb,” Kerr instructed ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
“That appears like a crew that’s going to be on the prime of the East for a very long time to return. Whether or not their time is now or the long run, that is to be decided, however they certain seem like they need it to be proper now.”
The Celtics returned simply 4 gamers from final 12 months’s squad that gained the No. 1 seed within the East and made the Japanese Convention Finals, however this revamped squad has gelled immediately.
Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are working a intelligent two-man recreation, final 12 months’s No. three decide Jaylen Brown has taken a major leap in his sophomore season, they usually’re getting nice contributions from rookies like Jayson Tatum, Semi Ojeleye, and Daniel Theis.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has additionally whipped collectively the league’s stingiest protection, which has allowed the Celtics to grind out outcomes even when their offense is not firing on all cylinders.
And naturally, they’re doing all this with out their prime offseason signing, Gordon Hayward, who snapped his ankle 5 minutes into his Celtics debut. Boston solely figures to enhance after he returns.
“They’re actually sound, they usually’re motivated. It is a crew that is been on the rise the final couple of years. They misplaced within the convention finals. They need to win a championship, and it seems prefer it,” Kerr stated.
“Even with out Gordon Hayward and that terrible harm, Boston is simply crushing folks. So, it should be actually enjoyable to go towards them on Thursday. We all know how powerful it should be.”