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Balance boosts Celtics to #1 in Power Rankings

 Particularly in their recent 5-game home stand, the Boston Celtics are showing a "balance of power", and as such, are back to #1 in NBA.com's Power Rankings.


"The five-game homestand that just concluded was the Celtics’ best five-game stretch of offense (124.4 points scored per 100 possessions) since the first five games of the season, and the last four were against teams — the Cavs and Magic — that rank in the top 10 defensively. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each had 30-point games against Orlando, but neither has been on a huge tear and the top eight guys in their rotation have all contributed."

Boston took all five contests, with their three big guns (Tatum, Brown, Porzingis) averaging 26.0, 22.6 and 18.8 points per game, respectively. During that stint, reserves Al Horford, Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard combined for 22.0 PPG while hitting 54%, 46% and 52% (FG, respectively) and 46%, 43% and 59% (3s, respectively).

Is this an 8-man rotation that can end the season with home-court assured in every playoff series? And be effective in the post-season? Nothing assures that, but this Boston team has looked damn good lately.

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