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Celtics need to match Nuggets' intellect - starting NOW!

 NBA.Com's Isiah Thomas said it best. He talked about Nikola Jokic's "intellect" - his basketball IQ - but the former Detroit point guard could just as well been talking about the entire organization. Led by "The Joker", the Denver Nuggets have size and talent, but most of all their best attribute is from the neck up.

Following Denver's last-night's 108-95 win over the Miami Heat - putting them one game away from their first Title - the discussion among the analysts turned to past NBA superstars with that Jokic-like quality of being able to mentally overcome anything thrown at them - names like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Tim Duncan.

Jokic is able to respond properly to any defense presented by the opposition. He can post up or hit from any distance. Larry Bird did the same.

 I will strongly second the suggestion by Frosty Bias. It starts with Brad Stevens, a guy certainly not lacking in basketball intellect. Brad needs to tweak his roster with guys that play smart. And he and Joe Mazzulla truly need to use films of this Finals series between Miami and Denver as a training tool. 

The Joker came very close to fouling out, but otherts took over. Jamal Murray had 12 assists with NO turnovers. Aaron Gordon had a team-high 27 points (11-of-15 FG) and added seven boards and six assists. Reserve Bruce Brown poured in 21 points on 8-of-11 FG and 3-of-5 on threes.

Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown know what do do - they just don't always do it. Chucking up 3-pointers whether they are falling or not is folly. Whose fault is that?  Stevens? Mazzulla? The Jay team?

Celtics owner, Wic Grousbeck, yelled at his team to "play with some balls". He should have told them "to play with some smarts". Let's hope fans see that in the upcoming season.


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