Injuries haven’t hampered the Celtics as they climb the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to five games and moved up to sixth in the East with a 107-102 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night
Despite being crippled by injuries earlier in the season, losing both Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the entire campaign, the Celtics have dismissed fears of missing the post season.
Led by the veteran duo of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, they have been assisted by a rejuvenated support cast who have all contributed to the cause.
Having closed the gap to those above them, the Celtics can still realistically continue their ascent up the Eastern Conference and finish as high as fourth should they maintain their current form.
There will be few teams who would want to play Doc Rivers’ men in the opening round of the play-offs, and Garnett had a message for the critics.
“We haven’t given in to the [expletive] critics. We’re working hard. We’re grinding. We’re showing character,” he told reporters after the Atlanta game.
“Never count us out. You guys called us old. Over. I read some of your pathetic articles and some of your lousy analysis. It’s a pain. Obviously, you don’t know what drives us. I thank y’all for those articles. I appreciate it, because it lit a fire under us,” he concluded.
For the full interview, see the video below: