Brian Babineau/Getty ImagesDespite their Eastern Conference-leading 35-14 record, the Boston Celtics have fallen back to (round) Earth after a scorching start to the year.
The goal of this rebuilding project was to replicate the modern style and success of the Warriors, and now the Celtics feature an array of rangy defenders along the perimeter who can match Golden State's switchability.
They've done a good job filling that roster with versatile wings: [Jaylen] Brown, [Jayson] Tatum, Hayward when he's healthy and [Marcus] Morris.
Kevin Durant acknowledged that the Celtics' switches can throw Golden State out of its rhythm, but cautioned not to forget about the potency of those Warriors threats.
In addition to matching the Warriors' springy wings, the Celtics run 31.4 percent of their offense through an elite scoring guard named Kyrie Irving , whom Durant thinks is an upgrade at the point.
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