Celtics Making A Statement In the NBA East

The Celtics are making a statement in the NBA East. Saturday the team learned Jayson Tatum needs quarantine for fourteen days. Tatum has been the team’s best player up until now. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the team still has a good chance to gain the first seed in the NBA East.

Payton Prtichard,/ Tacko Fall,/Robert Williams Contributing,Leading Celtics

With half the team sidelined, the Celtics are making a statement in the NBA East. With Jayson Tatum in quarantine, the club has gotten valuable contributions from all three. In a recent game rookie, Payton Pritchard scored the game_winner over Toronto. Center Tacko Fall brings a strong physical presence to the front line.

Rookie Payton Pritchard has started all ten games for the Celtics. Teammate Aaron Nesmith has also impressed the coaches with his shooting but has appeared in only 3 games. The young Celtics are playing at a high energy level. The club is tied for first place in the NBA East. Rookie Payton Pritchard has been one of the reasons for the team’s fast start.

Team Dealing With Multiple Coved Issues

Despite the club having multiple Coved issues, their record is 7-3. The club has been playing well at home and on the road. Point guard Kemba Walker is close to a return. He has been practicing with the team. Sophomore guard Romeo Langford continues to miss significant time.

First place Indiana, continues to stay ahead of second_ place Philadelphia and Third place Boston. If the Celtics hope to gain the first seed in the East then they need Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson healthy.

Overall, Boston’s bench has kept them in the hunt. Center Tacko Fall has been impressive with his defense and shot _blocking.

Conclusion

With Jayson Tatum out, the Celtics will turn to Tacko Fall to get his minutes. The Celtics have Grant Williams, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Robert Williams, and Semi Ojeleye have all tested positive.

The team’s New year’s resolution is to stay healthy. For such a talented team as the Celtics, everybody needs to be healthy for a significant playoff run.

Latest Celtics Moves Will Not Improve The Club In 2021

The NBA free agent frenzy has begun. The latest Celtics moves have Gordon Hayward leaving for Charlotte on a max contract. Celtics fans welcome Cleveland center/power forward/center Tristan Thompson. Also, sign veteran guard Jeff Teague to a year deal. Fan _favorite Enes Kanter is dealt with Portland for draft picks. In this post, we will explore three reasons why the latest Celtics moves will not improve the club in 2021.

Latest Celtics Moves Will Not Improve The Club In 2021

Failed On the Gordon Hayward To Indiana Deal

Reason number one is Danny Ainge overplayed his hand with Indiana. Rather than get two players in a sign and trade they get zero in the Charlotte Deal.

The rumored names the Celtics would be getting were Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner or Doug McDermott. McDermott or Oladipo would provide depth in the shooting department off the bench.

In any event, the Celtics need to explore other options if they expect to get any better in the upcoming season. There is still the possibility that the team gets to do a sign and trade with Charlotte.

Sign A Proven Player In Tristan Thompson

Boston did land veteran center, Tristian Thompson, from the Cavaliers. Thompson agreed to a two_year 19,000,000 Dollar deal with the Celtics. In Thompson, the organization gets a veteran center and a proven winner.

Thompson was on the 2015/16 Cavalier championship team that won the NBA title. In Thompson. the club gets a big physical center who averages10 rebounds a game. Offensively he struggles at the three _throw line and averages 10 points a game. He is a significant upgrade over Enes Kantor and Daniel Theis.

Tatum Not Worth The Max Contract

Other than coming close to a championship twice, Jayson Tatum still has a lot to prove. Like other NBA greats, he needs to make the crucial shots every night. Showing great leadership skills as former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce did in the past.

Beating Toronto and Philadelphia was an essential step for this current Celtics team. In order to reach the finals, they need a healthy Kemba Walker to challenge for the title.

Conclusion

General Manager Danny Ainge once again has Celtics fans disappointed. After a successful bubble campaign, it seems Ainge has taken a step backward.

Without Gordon Hayward and nothing to show for his leaving I do not expect the Celtics to regain their 2020 post _season form

Best Possible Celtics Moves In The Upcoming 2020 Draft

This week the NBA will hold its annual draft for the upcoming season. Once again, the Celtics went out in defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat. The Celtics failed to make clutch shots. With three picks available, we will discuss the three best possible Celtics Moves in the upcoming 2020 draft.

Best Possible Celtics Moves In The Upcoming 2020 Draft

Jalen Smith/PF/Maryland

Probably the best two_way defender in this year’s draft. He has the frame to be an exceptional NBA forward. Is known for his excellent shooting in traffic and three _pointers.

With the 14th pick, it is unlikely that Jalen Smith will be available .with his shot_ blocking. In three years at Maryland, he averaged 15ppg and 11.5 rebounds. Would be an asset off the bench as Grant Williams continues to develop. He would also provide solid defense and rebounding help.

A perfect big man which the Celtics desperately need to clog up the middle. Miami literally controlled the paint in the playoffs which cost the team the series.

Isaiah Stewart/C/Washington

Best Possible Celtics Moves In The Upcoming 2020 Draft

This talent may be worth the Celtics trading down. With Atlanta drafting 6th and Detroit 7th one of these could be a possibility. He may be the first player taken in the draft.

Ranked slightly ahead of Isaiah Stewart, Okongwu does not have too many weaknesses. The only knock on him is his three_ point shooting skills. Other than that he could make an immediate impact on an organization.

As fans recall, Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo dominated the paint in the playoffs. If Okongwu slips in the draft he would be a gem of a pick. But the reality is he will be gone after the third selection.

In Okongwu a team is getting a gifted rim protector and defender. He has the frame of 6’9 240 lbs to be an immediate force in the NBA. Other attributes of Okongwu are his defensive skills. He creates havoc in the paint. He is an above _average free throw shooter. Also, an overpowering rebounder both offensively and defensively.

If I had my pick between Okongwu or Stewart it would have to be Okongwu. The Celtics lack a true center. Enes Kanter and Robert Williams are adequate but not dominant By drafting Okongwu the organization would have a legitimate center for the future.

Conclusion

The Celtics own the 14th,26th, and 30th picks in this year’s draft. The club needs added scoring off the bench. My best prediction would be Jalen Smith. Smith is big and physical. If the club trades down he would be a diamond in the rough. Lack of scoring wings costs the team in the playoffs. Its highly unlikely that either Smith or Okngwu will be available after the 5th pick.

Celtics Season Ends IN Disappointment

The 2020 Celtics season came to a close, in disappointment on Sunday, at the hands of The Miami Heat. Many fans are upset at head coach Brad Stevens for the way he handled the team. Other factors such as 3 point shooting hurt the team. Several questions need to be addressed this offseason. In this post, we will review three areas of the team to improve upon to get to the 2121 NBA finals.                                                                                                                                                 Celtics 2020 Season Ends In Disappointment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Inconsistent Play In Conference Finals  Inconsistency is the reason the Celtics lost to the Heat. The team blew two large leads in games one and two. In their two wins, the Celtics dominated in every category.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even in_ game six, they had a six_ point lead in the fourth quarter, only to let Miami come back and win the game. This was the story throughout the series, Miami wanted it more.                                                                                                                        The Heat got big contributions from Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo/32 points,14 rebounds. Overall, the Celtics were led by Jaylen Brown/26, Jayson Tatum 24/12 rebounds. Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker each poured in 20.

 

The storyline of the series was the Celtics couldn’t hold their leads. Turnovers cost the club penalties, and the Heat’s ability to come back. In all honesty, the Celtics should have won in five games.

 

Turnovers Cost The Celtics  Head coach Brad Stevens had to go to his bench early. Boston Terrible passing cost the Celtics critical turnovers. Right when the team needed a big basket, Miami would pick off a pass. Early foul trouble cost the organization a chance to go to the finals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Boston received significant contributions from Brad Wannamaker and Grant Williams. Williams provided much_ needed muscle under the boards In game six the Celtics had a 20-8 run but saw it collapse. Miami played smarter and won the series.

In Conclusion, The Celtics wrapped up another successful season under Brad Stevens. Going forward the team needs to play smarter in critical moments. They need to stay with what makes them successful instead of unsuccessful.

Celtics Need To Control The Boards If They Want To Reach The Finals

Since returning from the Pandemic, the Celtics defense has been questionable. Despite a blow out win over Brooklyn and a win over Toronto, the team has struggled in the bubble. If the team gets to the finals,it will be won by defense and rebounding. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Celtics Need to Control The Boards if they want to reach the finals.                        Celtics Need To Control The Boards If they Want To  Reach The Finals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Defensive Struggles  Since returning from the pandemic layoff, the defense has been questionable at best. Overall, the club ranks fourth out of all the bubble teams. Before the pandemic, the Celtics were one of the best defensive teams in the league                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               With a 3-2 bubble record, the team struggled severely against Maimi and Milwaukee. The Bucks are much better on the boards than the Celtics. In my opinion, Miami and Milwaukee are the two teams to watch out for.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Better Physically than Last Year.  As a team, the Celtics are much better physically this year than last. Center Robert Williams is earning more minutes. The signing of Enes Kantor has been significant. Rookie Grant Williams has been improving each game. Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis is two of the toughest players in the game. Free _agent Kemba Walker is healthy and is averaging 3.9 boards a game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   For the past couple of years, rebounding has hurt the Celtics in the postseason.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Depth Issues  Outside of the starting five, the Celtics will need contributions from the bench. Semi Ojeleye, Javonte Green, Grant Williams, and Brad Wannamaker need to carry the starters. Center Robert Williams continues to impress, controlling the boards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As any NBA fan knows the defense needs to set the tone. With a 47-23 record, the Celtics are healthy. It’s been twelve years since a banner was raised.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Remaining Games   At 47-23 the Celtics are coming together. Sunday the team beat Orlando in overtime. Gordon Hayward his offensive contributions. Rebounding and defense will be the deciding factors in the next couple of weeks.

Why The Celtics Are Good Enough To Reach The NBA Finals

The 2019/20 Boston Celtics currently sit 4th in the NBA East. With a young roster and speed, the Celtics are good enough to reach the NBA Finals in June. With the additions of Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier the Celtics are more physical and healthier than last year. In this post, we will review three areas of why the Celtics can reach the Finals this season.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Why The Celtics Are Good Enough To Reach The NBA Finals This Year.                                                                                                                                                                                         Strong Physical Presence   Compared to last season, the Celtics are playing more physical and aggressive. With the addition of Enes Kanter and  Grant Williams, the rebounding department has improved significantly. Williams drafted out of Tennessee gives the team a boost off the bench.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Overall,  Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis average over 7 rebounds per game Center Robert Williams and Grant Williams average over 6.1 off the bench. Williams should be a huge factor come playoff time if he stays healthy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Balanced Scoring  With the addition of Kemba Walker the Celtics are shooting much better from the field this year. Walker is averaging 23 points per game. As a team, the Celtics are putting up 112 points per game 11th overall in the league.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rookies Carson Edwards, Romeo Langford, Javonte Green, and  Tremont Waters contribute with their speed. Veteran Gordon Hayward has been a big factor when healthy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guard Marcus Smart shooting has improved tremendously. In a recent game. Smart set a team record for consecutive three throws with twelve. He also had a career_ high of 39 points in a game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Leadership And chemistry  The biggest difference this year, compared to last  is chemistry. There is no in_house fighting amongst teammates. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris were impatient with the young players. Head coach, Brad Stevens has led the team better. The bench led by Bill Wannamaker is deeper.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The  Second Half  The Celtics need to play tough in order to win. The Bucks have the deepest bench in the league. In two meetings this year the Celtics won one and the Bucks won one. The east will be determined by defense and rebounding.

 

Unity Best Describes 2019/20 Boston Celtics

What a difference a year makes. A year ago at this time, the Celtics were struggling to find their identity. Now, a year later the Celtics are competing with Philadelphia for first place in the  NBA East. In this post, we will identify three reasons why the Celtics are different this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unity Best Describes 2019/20 Boston Celtics                                                                    Depth   The first reason the Celtics are so exciting this year is their bench. Head coach, Brad Stevens has been  going to his bench early in games and resting the starting five.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bill Wannamaker, Carson Edwards, Daniel Theis, Semi Ojeleye, and Robert Edwards spark the bench. Offensively Kemba walker,Jaylen Brown,and Jayson Tatum lead the team in scoring. Injury _riddled Gordon Hayward has returned from a hand injury and has contributed. Guard Marcus Smart continues to play stellar defense and has improved from three_ point land.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chemistry  Unlike last year, the chemistry of the team has changed dramatically. Kyrie Irving departing for the Nets has benefited the Celtics. The locker room is tranquil and Marcus Smart provides the leadership.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Head coach Brad Stevens does not have Kyrie Irving to deal with every night. Last season the team was in disarray and controlled by controversy. The current roster is a team that play’s like Celtics and not prima donnas.

Second _year center Robert Edwards continues to grow as a player in each game. Rookie Carson Edwards has shown flashes of brilliance off the bench. Edwards has been impressive from the three_ point area plus his defense excellent.

Strong Defensively   One area that the club has shined in is defense. Overall. the club ranks 4th out of 30  in the defensive department. The Celtics have been closing out games much better this year than last season. Veteran Marcus Smart continues to be the best shut down guards in the NBA.                                                                                                                                                                                                 The starting five has been one of the best defensive units in the first half of the season. This year the bench is much more effective than the previous Brad Stens team. Newly acquired Kemba Walker has contributed significantly to his defensive style of play.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Season Ahead  So far this season the Celtics have been one of the surprises in the NBA. The addition of Kemba Walker and the maturation of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum the team continues to get better. If Gordon Hayward can stay healthy, then this team has a legitimate chance to contend in the East

Why 2020 Will Be A Make Or Break Year For Celtics Coach Brad Stevens

In six seasons, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has bought the team back to respectability. Playoff wise the Celtics have reached the third round twice losing to Cleveland two years in a row After a turbulent 2018/19, the upcoming season is a key year for Brad Stevens. The team cut loose Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris. Center Al Horford departed for Philadelphia. In this post, we will cover three reasons why 2020 will be a make or break year for the Celtics coach.                                                                                                                                                            2020 Will Be A Breakout  Year For Celtics Coach Brad Stevens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A Disgruntled Kyrie In just two short seasons, the club said goodbye to Kyrie Irving. Irving left after a year of frustration and controversy amongst players and coach Brad stevens.  Irving’s new home will be in Brooklyn. The Celtics also lost Marcus Morris and Al Horford. All three players played a significant factor in their tenure, but have no championship to show for it.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Younger Roster;   In the offseason , the club went in a different direction .On draft night, GM Danny Ainge, drafted Romeo Lanford, Indiana, Grant Williams, Tennessee, Tremont Waters LSU, and Carson Edwards Purdue. All had successful college careers and are expected to be on the roster opening night.

Out of the four picks, the interesting pick to watch is Carson Edwards. Known for his three_ point shooting Edwards has been talked about as a possible

starter. Grant Williams brings a physical presence to the team’s front line. Number one pick Romeo Langford is weak at shooting three’s but has a reputation for taking to the hole.

Despite the roster being younger, many fans feel that this movement will set the team back two or three years. If this is the case 2020 will prove how valuable Stevens is to the organization.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Organization Signs Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter   With the departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford the club signed ex Hornet Kemba Walker and  Trailblazer Enes Kanter. Kanter will fill the void left by Horford and Walker will be the starting point guard. Walker has a reputation has a great locker room teammate. Kanter provides inside scoring and rebounding. He is expected to split the time with second _year man Robert Williams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Future; With a disappointing offseason the Celtics are moving ahead. With an infusion of youth and Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Gordon Hayward fans are optimistic Any hopes of a deep playoff run is slim. If Stevens can develop the young players with the current  roster then Steven’s future with the Celtics is safe.

Celtics Need To Focus On Winning

As the second half of the 2019 NBA season approaches, the Boston Celtics need to focus on winning. With, rumors of Kyrie Irving leaving and Pelicans star Anthony Davis demanding to be traded winning is secondary. In this post, we will review three areas why the team needs to focus on winning rather than trade talk.

Celtics Need To Focus On Winning

Less Finger pointing; Since the start of the season, the Celtics have been at the center of finger _pointing.  Guard Terry Rozier was complaining frequently regarding his lack of playing time. Forwards Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown were having a heated argument in a game just before the All_Star break                                                                                                                                                                                            Head coach, Brad Stevens has been criticized by the media for not being tough enough on his players. Last season at this time the Celtics were in first place without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Fans have been waiting patiently for Hayward to play at his full potential.

Team Lacks Leadership; At the midway point of the season, the Celtics find themselves tied in fourth place with Philadelphia in the NBA East. So far this season, it has all been Kyrie Irving. Irving has been averaging 25 30 points a game regularly forward Gordon Hayward has been mediocre since coming off a season _ending 2018 injury. If the Celtics expect to reach the finals, it will be done with teamwork and leadership rather than finger pointing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Balanced Attack; With the second half of the season about to start, the Celtics find themselves tied for fourth place in the NBA East with Philadelphia. Considering all the drama, the team has a well balanced_ attack. Outside of Kyrie Irving’s  25 points a game, the club has been getting valuable performances from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris. Jaylen Brown is improving while playing on the second unit. Overall, the club ranks ninth on offense and fifth on defense. Playing together is the only way they can reach the NBA finals.

Celtics Need To Avoid Any Potential Identity Crisis

  The 2018/19 Boston Celtics have been a victim of inconsistency. Poor shooting from the field has the Celtics hovering in third place in the NBA East. Despite coming off an eight winning streak the team can’t find an identity. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Celtics Need to Avoid any potential identity crisis.                                                                                                                                                                      

Celtics Need To  Avoid Any Potential Identity Crisis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dominant Kyrie Irving; Considering the fact that the Celtics rank 10th in the league the offensive category they still lack a balanced attack from both the first and second units. Irving has been averaging 16 points per game followed by Jayson Tatum 16points and Marcus Morris 15 points per game.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recently, head coach Brad Stevens announced that Jaylen Brown has been demoted to the second unit. Brown has also suffered injuries sustained from an early season concussion. Brown has been criticized heavily by the Boston media for not playing up to his potential. If the club expects to move ahead of Philadelphia and Toronto then Brown needs to step up his game.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Inconsistency from the field;  Anybody who has been watching the Celtics knows that they’ve been terribly inconsistent from the field. Some nights their either hot and other nights their ice cold. Especially from the three_ point area the Celtics have struggled and lost games due to poor shooting.  Terry Rozier the team’s leader off the bench has only been averaging 10 points per game  and has been complaining about his lack of minutes. Last season for, example Rozier took over for the injured Kyrie Irving and was a major factor in the teams post _ season success.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Rash of Injuries; One of the reasons that Brad Stevens is one of the leagues best coaches is how he utilizes his players. Injuries are part of every sport. This season the Celtics have seen their share. Injuries to Aron Baynes,  Al Horford, and Jaylen Brown. Gordon Hayward is still working his way back into form,   from season_ ending last season. If the organization hopes to reach the finals a healthy Celtics team is a must.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looking Ahead; If the Celtics expect to make a run for the Finals they need to make a statement now. Third place in the East is a far cry from last seasons first_place finish. Before they have any hopes of the Finals they need to overcome Philadelphia and Toronto, first.