Reasons to be NBA cheerful: 1-through-30

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL ONE TWO THREE Atlanta Hawks Not the Hawks. 2-11 entering Monday Boston Celtics The chorus is loud and it is appropriate: Boston approaches opponents with an unimpeachable (for November, at least) sense of day-to-day duty. Tom Thibodeau must have left it rolled up in a bag, hidden above a ceiling duct in the Celtics locker room, probably had Kendrick Perkins reach up to put it there. Slough off the Celtics as regular-season do-gooders all you want: Kyrie Irving is about to put on a mask and coach Brad Stevens has struck gold in adapting

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