Count ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy among those who think the Celtics might have a real shot to win a championship.
"I think the win in Miami was very impressive after they beat them so handily just a couple weeks earlier," he said. "But what speaks to me was the win last night against Atlanta. A lot of teams would come off a great victory like that and then not play well enough to beat a hot team that's pretty darn good. Boston behind, works its way [back], figures it out how to get to overtime, withstands a Joe Johnson basket that puts it into overtime and figures out how to win."
Van Gundy also praised Ray Allen's move to the Boston bench. "I think Doc Rivers wanting to do that, and Ray Allen accepting of it, could pay huge dividends for them," he said.