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Celtics answered some vital questions in 121-118 win over Warriors

 This game was in question the whole way, but the Boston Celtics held the fort (barely) in overtime to take the game. And they answered some questions that have been lurking all season.

Does the two-big pairing work?

It sure does. Al Horford and Rob Williams combined for 34 points on 67% from the field, along with 21 rebounds - 10 of which off the offensive boards. 

Is Al Horford ready for the rocking chair?

Hell, no! He played 37 minutes and came up with three key blocks and two vital 3-pointers. The Dominican Gentleman won't be occupying that rocking chair at "The Home" anytime soon.

Is Jayson Tatum's MVP status valid?

It sure is. Despite poor shooting (33% FG, 31% 3s) on his 34 points, he showed how complete his skills have become. He has transformed into a superb rebounder, grabbing 19 boards in this one. He also racked up three steals, six assists - and shot a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. He does everything out there.

How's Malcolm Brogdon doing?

Very well, thank you. He ended up closing the game in OT with Smart, Horford, Tatum and Brown. Malcolm played 37 minutes in this one and had a line of 14/7/2/1/1. He is a legit 6th-Man-of-the-Year candidate and would be a starter on most other teams.

How good are the Celtics in The Clutch?

Still not sure. This one almost got away in overtime. Boston led 121-113 with 38 seconds remaining in OT, and the game came down to the wire. 

Does Marcus Smart get the point?

Absolutely! Not only has he once again adapted to a role this time as main point guard, but he has become a more-reliable scorer. He scored 18 points in the win, hitting 44% on field goals and 50% from the hinterlands. 

What is an effective cure when Celtics shoot poorly?

Strong, intense board work. Boston was 39.8% from the field and 31.7% on treys. But they compensated with 63 rebounds, 18 of them offensive. Golden State had 47 boards with only eight off the offensive glass. Strong work off the glasss can erase a number of sins.


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