As the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle, the Boston Celtics can't stop winning

The Celtics are on a 12-game winning streak – and that’s without some of their best players. How their Eastern Conference rivals must envy them

A few weeks ago, it felt like the Boston Celtics’ season had ended before it had begun. Gordon Hayward, the team’s prime free-agent acquisition over the summer, suffered a season-ending ankle injury just a few minutes into the NBA’s opening night. Unsurprisingly, Boston went on to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers, despite a valiant comeback attempt, and then fall to the Milwaukee Bucks the very next night.

And then, somehow, the Celtics became unbeatable. With their 94-95 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, the Celtics improved their winning streak to 12 straight games, something the team hadn’t accomplished since the 2008-09 season, back during the peak era of the New Big Three era. At 12-2, the Celtics have the best record of the young NBA season. More impressively, they have managed to put together this streak despite the fact that both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford have had to miss games due to on-the-court injuries.

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