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The Boston Celtics Have Put Together an Impressive Stat During Their Playoff Runs

The Boston Celtics have some of the best young talents in the league. During the 2020 season, the Celtics have cemented themselves as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics have yet to lose a game during the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Boston has also posted an impressive playoff stat throughout the team’s history.

Taking a look at the 2019-20 Boston Celtics

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The Celtics had high expectations going into the 2019-20 season. With Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward leading the way, the Celtics were determined to have a successful season. The Celtics finished the regular season with a 48-24 record and finished third in the conference. During the regular season, the Celtics had three players who averaged over 20 points per game.

Tatum led the way in scoring for Boston averaging 23.4 points per game. The Celtics are a team filled with talented players. Tatum continues to play at a high level and gets better each season. Brown has shown that he can become an All-Star one day, and Walker continues to play the point guard position at a high level. 

One player who has been a key factor for Boston is Marcus Smart. There’s no question that Smart is one of the leaders on the team, and when he’s on the court, he always gives it his all. He is a team player and understands his role. If the Celtics need to score a basket, Smart is not afraid to go out there and score. With the players that Boston has now, they’ll continue to be a top team in the East. 

The Boston Celtics have been on fire during the 2020 NBA Playoffs

The Celtics took on the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs and did not waste any time with them. Philadelphia did not have an answer for Boston. Just like the regular season, the Celtics had three players averaged 20 or more points during the series. Tatum was the leading scorer averaging 27 points. He also averaged 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Going into the second round, the Celtics are taking on the defending NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors, and so far, the Celtics have outplayed the Raptors. Boston has a 2-0 lead over the defending champions, but they know that they can’t get too comfortable with their lead because anything can happen. The Raptors were down 2-0 last year during the playoffs to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals and ended up coming back to win that series. Boston does not want that to happen this year, but they have been playing some of their best basketball.

The impressive stat that Boston has had during the playoffs

During Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Celtics had a 59-42 lead over the Raptors at the half. According to a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info, the Celtics were 46-0 in the postseason when leading by more than 15 points at the half. After the win, that pushed the record to 47-0.

To win 47 games in the playoffs when leading by more than 15 points at half is very impressive because basketball is a game of runs, and being down by that many points is nothing to a team, especially in the playoffs. This just shows that the Celtics have found a way to close out games when they’re up by that many points at the half, and it will be interesting to see if this continues to happen during the playoffs.