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Can the Celtics keep it up and contend for a championship?

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Since losing their first two games in the 24 hours after seeing All-Star newcomer Gordon Hayward suffer a horrific ankle dislocation and fractured tibia on opening night, the Boston Celtics have ripped off 12 consecutive wins to hold the NBA's best record at 12-2.

Despite more bad luck in terms of injuries with stars Al Horford (concussion) and Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) missing time, Boston has relied on the league's best defense and a series of timely comebacks to keep on winning.

While the 70-win season the Celtics are currently on pace for isn't realistic, can they sustain enough of their hot start to remain championship contenders without Hayward?