Celtics still have things to play for
With that in mind, here are five things we'll have our eyes on over the final two months of the season:
THE BEST OF YOUTH
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has strived to keep his younger players motivated. When one of them is performing well and he is asked about that player, Stevens often prefaces his praise by noting that the player can get even better. Just a few weeks back, Stevens sat down with Sullinger and challenged him to take his game to another level and not use his youth as a crutch to rest on what he has accomplished already.
By getting the most out of Boston's youngest players this season, it sets a heightened expectation level for the start of next season when, with the right moves, the Celtics could be right back in the competitive mix. The Celtics' youngest players cannot be complacent with the strides they've made, the team is forcing them to constantly increase their own ceiling.
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