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Celtics are outdistancing the pack in Eastern Standings

 I recently wrote about the importance of the Celtics holding their ground in the top-heavy Eastern Standings. Well, as of this writing, they are doing better than that - they are separating themselves from the pack.

They still hold the top record in the League (32-12, .727) and are on a 6-game winning streak. They are trailed by Brooklyn (27-14) and Milwaukee (27-16). For the Nets and Bucks, injuries to Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo/Kris Middleton, respectively, come into play here.

But the Celtics have been without Jaylen Brown for the last two games, both wins for The Green. Certain players have stepped up to fill the void created by Brown's absence. In last night's 122-106 victory over Charlotte, it was Malcolm Brogdon (30 points, 65% FG),  Al Horford (16/7/6) and Marcus Smart (13 points, 12 assists).

Can the Celtics keep up their winning ways? It seems quite probable. Thus far they have weathered the blow of being without their second-best (some may think "best") player. This is the second game in a row where backcourt mates, Smart and Brogdon have taken on the challenge of winning without JB. And for last night's game, it was Horford.

It appears Boston has a real shot at outdistancing the pack in the Eastern Conference Standings. They are off tyo a great start!


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