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Dallas Luka/Irving duo better than Celtics Tatum/Brown? Not in Game-1

 Most Celtics fans heard the noise from NBA analysts. They chant that the Mavericks duo of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic are superior to the Celtics Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown pairing. That simply doesn't ring true, at least using a limited sample of Game-1.

Using win/loss as a category, and including points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, FG%, 3-pt% and FT%, the Tatum/Brown take out Luka/Irving by a score of 7-to-3. Dallas duo wins points, steals (barely) and turnovers (barely), while the Celtics pair takes all the rest.

The rebounding (17-13), assists (7-3) and blocks (4-0) for Tatum/Brown over Luka/Irving were outstanding. Also noteworthy that the Boston team as a whole took honors on blocked shots, sending nine shot attempts away - to only one for the Dallas team.

It is vital for the Celtics to lose any complacency from their convincing win in Game-1 - and to take ZERO plays off in Game-2. I have mellowed on any negative feelings for Irving, but I would hate to see a Game-2 rebound for him resulting in a win for Dallas. Luka may perk up too. 

One more thought. There exists a certain bias among the non-Boston-area teams and fans - and also among some NBA analysts. The Celtics seem to get degraded unfairly quite often, while the opposition gets the raves. Jealousy? Bitterness over Boston success? Maybe! But Banner 18 is in sight, and I love this present Celtics team. Let's go!


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