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Random thoughts on Celtics 98-97 win over Magic

 

 

     First quarter thoughts, Jaylen Brown looks slimmer yet his shot is just as sweet. No fear going to the hoop. Jayson Tatum looks bigger, ready to go at his opponents. We saw some good ball movement. Good effort on the defensive end. Juancho isn't afraid to bang. We saw some fight on going after the ball and extra passes. Shroeder and Al Horford have a nice connection and good pick and roll. J Rich getting a block, a reminder of his defensive pedigree. The Wolverine showed his willingness to be the facilitator. There were some defensive breakdowns and a few bad turnovers. 

      Second quarter thoughts, JT used his new frame and massive shoulders to post up and get buckets. We see that Payton Pritchard has no fear, willing to take and make 3s. The Wolverine showing us he can get to the hoop with his strength, plus the ability to drive. We saw more of Juancho's energy on that offensive rebound. Al making plays, setting screens, playing tough D and hitting a three. The start wasn't great with poor shooting, lazy passes and lapses on D. They did pick it up which led to a nice comeback. They can be versatile with all this depth during the season. 

     Third quarter thoughts, We saw Tatum bring the double Hulk-like hammer to the hoop over Carter Jr. He passed up threes to get easier buckets going to the hoop. Brown continues to be strong at the hoop. The Jays carried the load but need help. GWill came in made an impact, a steal and 3. They had moments of icy shooting, and a 12-3 run for the Magic didn't help. RWill had another block but has been weak offensively. A nice highlight alley oop from JB to JT was sweet, need plenty more of those. Too many threes for this writers liking. 

     Fourth quarter thoughts, started off with a lack of offense. They were as cold as ice. Shroeder showed he has the ability to get to the hoop easily and drop passes on a dime, like he did to Kanter. We saw Pritch take and hit some key 3s, Nesmith hit a few and made a huge hustle play. Plus a key offensive rebound. Romeo made an impact hitting not one but the game winning three after saving the ball from going out of bounds. They closed the game on a 22-10 run and pulled out a victory. It's only preseason but they showed what this team can be. They are a work in progress right now but this finished product could be special. 

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