The Boston Celtics don’t worry the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well, at least right now.
The Celtics’ 16-game win streak is understandably turning some heads across the league, but the Cavs, often regarded to be their toughest test, aren’t concerned. Despite a slow start from Cleveland, it has turned things around and starting to surge through the standings. And as the Cavs do so, the Celtics won’t be on their radar for another couple months.
Following the Cavs’ win over Detroit on Monday, swingman J.R. Smith was asked by Bleacher Report’s Vincent Goodwill if they were watching the Celtics in the standings.
“Nah,” Smith told Goodwill. “It’s too early. Too early. We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break when you see teams spacing out (in the standings). You start getting your best shot after the All-Star break.”
At 10-7, the Cavs sit 5.5 games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the East. The Cavaliers recently have turned into the team they were expected to be, winning their last five games and going 7-3 in their last 10.