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Don't blame Tatum. Why LeVert explodes in Boston. Where are the rebounds?

 Don't blame Jayson Tatum for Boston's 118-104 debacle last night versus Cleveland. He is the only one that should not have fingers pointed at him in the Celtics loss in Game-2. Jayson constantly took it to the hoop, finishing with 25 points, seven boards, six assists and one steal. And he hit on 9-of-11 on his free throws.

Isn't it ironic that LeVert translates to "The Green" from French to English. Two of Caris LeVert's scoring epics have occurred in Beantown. He must think his last name portends an explosion at The Garden (per Steve Aschburner):

"Two of Caris LeVert’s most explosive games ever have come on Boston’s parquet floor. He scored a career high of 51 points against the Celtics while with Brooklyn in March 2020. Then in October 2022, by then with Cleveland, he went for 41. He has only two other 40-point performances against everybody else, in all other buildings."

Now where were the rebounds from Boston last night? The Celtics were beaten off the boards, 44-to-31. Rebounding requires mostly hard work and dedication to the task, particularly the offensive variety. The Green (no, not Caris) took down only six offensive boards. Not a good sign.

In basketball lingo, the Celtics didn't "bring it" last night. In plain language, they lacked mental discipline and allowed Donovan Mitchell-and-Company to take over. I expect them to bounce back and take the series, but it may be time for another chewing out by owner, Wic Grousbeck.


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