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So The Celtics Can Do It

 


The Celtics had a great game against the Raptors. (Note: it really hurts me that I have to call a game in which the Celtics played to their level of talent - Great). The team dished out 30 dimes. Jaylen Brown led the C’s with 10 while Tatum contributed with 9. What does it mean when those two guys have that kind of assist total? It means that they were moving the ball the way Brad Stevens intended.

But like so often with this team one “great game” means multiple games where they go back to selfish basketball. Against the 2 worst teams in the Eastern Conference the Celtics had 15 assists vs Detroit followed up by 14 vs the Wizards (one of the worst defensive teams I have ever seen). That’s a total of 29 assists vs the drudges of the NBA or 1 less than they dished out against Toronto.

That brings us to last night against Denver, Yes, Denver came in to Boston banged up and we absolutely should have won, but that can’t take away from what we saw...beautiful ball movement and 26 assists once again led by the dynamic duo of Tatum & Brown with 8 and 5 respectively. Payton Pritchard continued his nice rookie season with 7 assists of his own in only 24 minutes. 

So now what? It’s time to show that this team “gets it” by following up last nights win with more beautiful ball movement against another horrible defensive squad, the Atlanta Hawks or else last nights game will have meant nothing in terms of growth for this years version of the Boston Celtics. 

And if that’s the case then at some point we are going to have to ask “why”. 

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