NBA Power Rankings: Can Lakers, Nets flip the switch for the stretch run?

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9. Boston Celtics

It appears that something has clicked for the Boston Celtics. Over the past six weeks or so, the Celtics have looked like a completely different team. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have silenced the whispers that suggest they can’t work together and are now leading a potential sleeping giant in the Eastern Conference.

Boston is currently ranked sixth in the East standings and is probably the one sixth seed that no one at the top of the conference is going to want to see in a playoff series.

The Celtics are going to be a dangerous team come playoff time. And if they get t he right matchup int he first round of t he playoffs, it wouldn’t be surprising if they pulled off an upset.