Improved ball movement key in Celtics four-game win streak


After a rocky start to the season, the Celtics have ripped off four consecutive wins and seem to be getting into a groove.

While the defense has been among the league's best all season, the offense finally seems to be performing up to expectations. 

On their four-game win streak, the C's have averaged just less than 125 points per game. Their offense has climbed to 18th in the NBA in scoring and tenth in three-point percentage (which aren't great in general, but considering where they are coming from, not bad).

A big key to the improved offense in this recent stretch has been the ball movement. 

Prior to the four-game win streak, the Celtics averaged 24.3 assists per game. In the past four contests, Boston has posted an average of 29.8 assists per game. That's almost two more per game than the Warriors league-leading average of 27.9.

Against the Knicks Thursday night, Boston combined for 32 dimes, a season high.

Perhaps some of the credit goes to Brad Stevens for making lineup adjustments. Marcus Smart, the Celtics' second-ranked assist man, has helped the ball hop on the first unit. Gordon Hayward, who has visibly made big strides in his recovery over the past couple weeks, has shown the ability to be an elite primary playmaker for the second unit. 

After an exceptional four games of passing, the Celtics are now tied for seventh in the NBA in assists per game (25.2).

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