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Random thoughts on Celtics 103-102 loss to Orlando Magic

   Random thoughts on Celtics 103-102 loss to Orlando in pre-season play
   It seems that lulls in offense are something this team will need to improve on. Too many turnovers are also leading to this lack of offense. When the extra passes are made, it usually ends up with the Celtics scoring. It creates open shots and the motion on offense is something to look at next game. 

     Before getting hit in the nose we are seeing what Payton Pritchard can do. Knocking down threes, getting the ball to his teammates, and hitting the mid range jumpers. He can legitimately be one of your bench scorers. Kid has no fear and up in basketball heaven Tommy Heinsohn is pleased
     Rob Williams hustle and motor are huge to this teams success. He worked hard on all ends of the floor tonight. His passing was efficient, and he hit some shots tonight. Wait till he and The Wolverine get their alley oops going this season. 
     Romeo Langford made some nice cuts tonight, He had a nice dance on his way to a fast break layup. Plus we saw him glide to the hoop easily. He played hard tonight. 

     Aaron 3Smith brought that fire we saw last season . He knocked down threes, hustled on D, and was showing he deserves plenty of minutes this season. He can be a huge weapon alongside the Jays.  

     Jabari Parker came in and looked spry, knocking down threes, hustling on D which he isn't known for. He can be a valuable wildcard this season.

     We saw Garrison Mathews come in tonight showing he can hit the three. Theo Pinson made an appearance. He took the point and hit a few shots. He's a very vocal player. Archi took a charge tonight. Bruno Fernando secured some time on the floor. Question is which one of them is guaranteed a spot this season. Each of these players showed fight, trying to secure a job on this team. 

     Grant Williams once again showed he deserves time on the floor this season. Knocking down the long range shot. Taking a charge and making those heady plays he typically does. 

     We were able to see Sam Hauser come in show off his range. The young man isn't afraid to shoot. He can knock it down! I love the arch he gets on his shots!
     Despite the loss, each and every player out there fought. That's what you want to see even in preseason. That will translate into the regular season and drive this team to win! This writer will always try to see the positive in this Celtics team but that final offensive possession up by 1 was not the play. With that said Celtics fans should love how Ime Udoka talks to each and every player, coaching them as a group and one to one. 




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