Boston Celtics: 3 Reasons the Team is Finally Hitting Their Stride

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The Gift of Health is a Thing of Beauty

For the majority of the first half of the season, the Celtics have (yet again) been decimated by injuries.

Al Horford has missed extended time with lingering knee problems.

Jaylen Brown‘s back problems have caused the 3rd year forward to miss a couple of games.

Marcus Morris joins Horford with lingering knee issues, costing the sharpshooter a few games.

Rookie sensation Robert ‘TimeLord’ Williams has battled knee injuries of his own dating all the way back to the Summer league.

Aron Baynes broke his hand in a mid-December matchup with the Phoenix Suns and has been out of the lineup since.

Kyrie Irving scratched his eye in a scrum with Marco Bellineli in San Antonio and has missed all of January with the injury.

The list goes on and on from there. The Celtics continue to get hit hard with the injury bug, and it has certainly impacted the group’s play to start the season.

Finally, the team is back to near 100 percent health as they prepare fall-important second half of the season. Kyrie Irving and Robert Williams were re-inserted into the lineup against Brooklyn Monday night, leaving just Aron Baynes on the injury list.

Rumor has it, Baynes could return as early as next week, according to Brad Stevens. Assuming the team stays injury free from now till then, Bayne’s return would mark the first time the Cs have been fully healthy since the very start of the season.

There’s no telling if this newfound bout of health will last, but having everyone suited to play again will certainly make a positive impact on the team moving forward. The crucial part will be keeping all 15 bodies ready and able come round one of the playoffs.