Celtics seem to have found a groove

-Ben Babcock

After a win tonight over the Orlando Magic, the Celtics are now on an 8 game win streak after starting the season 0-2. After losing All-Star forward Gordon Hayward in the first game of the season, the Celtics have seemed to picked up their stride. Kyrie Irving is doing exactly what he wanted to do, be the leader of his team. Irving is leading the Celtics in points per game (21), assists per game (5.6), and steals per game (2.4). Rookie Jayson Tatum, is another newcomer making a big difference for the Celtics so far as the 4th highest scorer and 3rd highest rebounder for the team. Along with the strong play of returners Al Horford and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics starting lineup is producing at a very high level at the moment. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart have provided a tremendous spark off the bench. The Celtics defense is also one of the top in the league. With the inside presence of Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis, and the return of Marcus Morris, expect the Celtics to get even better as time goes on. They are allowing the least amount of points per game in the league at 93.8 and stealing the ball an average of 9.1 times a game. This comes as no surprise since head coach Brad Stevens has always managed to bring out strong defensive play while coaching the Celtics. The Celtics are sitting on top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-2. They certainly look to be a playoff contender and will be an even greater threat if they get Hayward back for the playoff run. Unless the Cleveland Cavaliers get their heads right it looks like the Celtics could possibly take the #1 seed again this year.