The Boston Celtics performed fairly properly final evening towards the Utah Jazz however simply couldn’t seal the deal. Their effort tonight towards the Cavs, particularly within the first half, was torpid. This workforce appears prefer it’s simply making an attempt to make it to the commerce deadline as a substitute of at the least making an attempt to play their finest basketball.
Anyway, the Celtics misplaced tonight, and it wasn’t fairly for many of the recreation. I’ve sufficiently buried the “lede” right here – the Celtics misplaced to the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-110 regardless of Marcus Sensible (19 factors) and Robert Williams’ high-energy efforts in addition to a robust second-half push from each Jaylen Brown (28 factors) and Jayson Tatum (game-high 29 factors). The Cavs had spectacular and energetic contributions from their beginning backcourt, Darius Garland (25 factors) and Collin Sexton (29 factors).
Sexton and Garland may as properly have been personally and kindly escorted to the rim given how Boston’s protection seemed on a number of events tonight. They bought just about every part they wished in the way in which of straightforward pictures, and due to it, that ignited their taking pictures strokes for the remainder of the sport. Potential commerce goal Larry Nance Jr. chipped in 18 factors and 10 rebounds together with 4 assists and a couple of steals.
For the Celtics, it’s not supreme that Boston’s two finest and most constant gamers within the first half – actually, the one two who actually confirmed up within the first half – are two gamers who can’t play heavy minutes for the time being. Marcus Sensible flashed just a few defensive highlights whereas making an attempt to create as a lot offense as attainable. The workforce’s offense nonetheless doesn’t run outrageously easily whereas Sensible’s on the helm (in comparison with when each Sensible and Kemba Walker can be found), however he created just a few good alternatives for himself and his teammates.
Robert Williams III is on a mission to make each Celtics fan fall in love with him.
He performed a heavy load within the first half, notching 6 factors and 9 rebounds within the first quarter-hour. This workforce wants lots to genuinely enhance, however the skill to play Rob extra minutes is one thing that can enhance this workforce within the brief time period. He creates a lot exercise for the Celtics on each ends along with his protection and his stellar passing at his dimension. The +/- appears ugly for him, however the recreation informed a unique story. Rob completed with a season excessive in minutes (26:35) to go together with 13 factors and 14 rebounds.
Boston opened the sport as bored as you would think about towards a Cavs workforce that’s been fairly terrible in current weeks. Jayson Tatum had a troublesome time ending within the first half, and Jaylen Brown was having a tough begin after having his contacts fall out early within the recreation. Within the second half, Boston began to get it collectively. Specifically, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum pulled out his bag of strikes whereas Brown began relentlessly attacking the rim.
Brown scored 13 factors within the third quarter, pushing arduous to the rim possession after possession. If Brown keyed the third quarter run, Boston’s finest participant in Jayson Tatum made positive to seal the deal after a sensational fourth quarter together with Boston’s stifling zone protection. I gotta say, it’s very nice having a top-10 participant who can simply bail you out within the clutch. He scored 15 factors within the fourth and completed with 29 factors.
The Cavaliers are the worst fourth quarter workforce within the NBA, so it’s humorous watching them eek out a decent win towards . . . the second worst fourth quarter workforce within the NBA. The Celtics misplaced the sport, however we’re all losers for having to look at it.
The Boston Celtics will problem the Sacramento Kings at residence at 7:30 PM EST.