Skip to main content

Ten quick thoughts on Celtics road win over 76'ers

The Celtics road win over the Phildelphia 76'ers was much-needed. The game was close all the way, and here are some interesting tidbits from the matchup against one of Boston's major rivals.


1.) Boston seems to have Philly's number no matter who the 76'ers put on the floor
The Celtics have been victorious in all three games versus the 76'ers this season - with an average margin of roughly nine points. This game was in Philadelphia, and the Sixers have added Tobias Harris to their roster. Didn't matter. Another win for the Celtics.

2.) Kyrie Irving's teammates are forced to ramp up their games without him
The Celtics are now 28-19 (.596) when Kyrie Irving plays - and 8-2 (.800) when he doesn't. Last night, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Gordon Hayward all came through with big games to cinch the win. The Celtics played tough and physical against Philly, and it worked. The players seem to step up when they can't rely on Kyrie's large contributions.

3.) Gordon Hayward will be a huge part of the Celtics success going forward
There will still be some duds from Gordon, but last night showed he just keeps getting better. In the flow of this game, he scored 26 points in 28 minutes on a blistering 73% from the field and 86% on threes. His plus/minus of +11 was a team-high.

4.) The low-post plays from the Jay-Team need to increase
Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are both adept at getting into the paint and scoring. They need to do more of that. Boston relies too much on 3-pointers and not enough on driving into the paint for scores or free throw opportunities. The Celts shot 45% on 3-pointers in this game, but if not for the combined 9-of-12 on threes from Gordon and Al Horford, this game would have gone down as a loss.

5.) Boston did a great defensive job on Joel Embiid
Al and Daniel Theis worked hard against Embiid in the low post, but it was the erratic help-defense that rattled Philly's star big man. He never knew when the double-teaming would come.


6.) The game was close all the way, and the guys in green never had a chance to relax and get complacent.
They needed to focus and grind out every play to win this one - and that is what they did. There was never going to be a blown 28-point lead in this contest.

7.) Marcus Morris needs some accolades for his early contributions
Morris' eight points, four rebounds and one assist in the first quarter were vital in the win.

8.) The next step in the Jay-Team's progress is to improve their passing game
When Jaylen and Jayson drive to the hoop, they are looking to score. But they draw so much attention, it would help the Boston cause for them to improve their passing. That would be their next step on the way to stardom.

9.) The Celtics held their own against the 76'ers in rebounding
Despite Philly's size advantage, the Celtics held them to their season-average of 47 rebounds - with Embiid grabbing 14. Boston garnered 41 boards. Not bad considering Philly's length (Embiid 7', Boban Marjanovic- 7'3", Ben Simmons - 6'10", Tobias Harris 6'9").


10.) Exciting plays and winning bring fun to the game
It came at the 7:53 mark of the third period. Tatum had the ball and did an electrifying spin move - followed by a thunderous slam. But the treat came with the camera focusing on the laughter and gyrations from the Celtics bench. That is what the game is all about.

Follow Tom at @TomLaneHC, @CelticsSentinel and Facebook

Photo via Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.)  Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on four occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts 2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 3.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the stage is often set for true horror. Such was the case with triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante . As a 16-year old , he quickly transitioned from: Minor thefts and breaking into homes To: Taunting and threatening a father and his two daughters as an unseen

Nik Stauskas adds "shooting with size" voiced by Brad Stevens

 As a 6'6" shooting guard, 28-year-old Nik Stauskas adds that shooting with size sorely needed by the Boston Celtics. Drafted 8th-overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2014, Stauskas has bounced around to various teams since then. Nik Stauskas' deal with the Boston Celtics includes non-guaranteed salary for the second season in 2022-23, a source tells @celticsblog . — Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 4, 2022 Nik has never averaged more than 9.5 points per game in the NBA, but Boston is most likely counting on his production for Grand Rapids in the G League as the incentive to sign him. In 17 games thus far, he has averaged 24.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 4.8 APG - while shooting 50% on field goals and 45% on treys. Nik Stauskas is signing a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics, his agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN. Stauskas had an historic week, scoring 100 points on 57 and 43 point performances in back-to-back games for Grand Rapids. — Adrian Wo

Rick Barry belittling Bill Russell on TV revealed the real fool

 It happened on national TV during the 1981 NBA Finals . Two of the announcers were Rick Barry and Bill Russell . When asked who was in a photo passed to Barry, Rick responded, "I don't know. Looks like some fool over there (referring to Russ) with the watermelon grin on. Russell repeatedly indicated the photo was of KC Jones , but Barry would have none of it. Worth watching. Russ vs. Rick Barry! The "fool with the watermelon grin" wasn't Bill. It was Barry. Don't believe it was racial, but the two didn't get along. Russ was clearly pissed. Rick Barry - Watermelon Grin https://t.co/NrUSkzrwZH via @YouTube — Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) September 24, 2021 Bill responded with, "That was K. C. That wasn't me. That was K. C." Then Barry tried to pass the photo to Bill, and Russ wanted none of that either. "No. I don't want them" is how Russell responded, clearly pissed, but still maintaining that aura of class and composure. Alth