In the first half of last night’s game against Milwaukee, I started to have a little déjà vu. Down by 19 points in the second quarter and unable to buy a bucket, I felt like I had been transported back to last May watching the Bucks end the Celtics’ season. But this year’s team isn’t the same as the one that routinely folded when the going got tough, and they proved that last night by playing with an energy that we haven’t seen since the 2018 playoff run.
We’re now one week removed from the NBA’s opening night double-header, and though the season is just beginning, the hot takes and overreactions across the NBA community are in mid-season form. It’s never smart to put *too much* stock into anything we see in the first week of the season, but there are some things that we can start to feel pretty confident in knowing based on what we saw in the first few games. With most teams having played just 3 or 4 games so far, here are some things that I think I already know.
The Celtics 2-1 start has been somewhat encouraging all things considered. A close loss to one of the best teams in the East, a gritty win over the (still really good) defending champion Toronto Raptors and a blowout win over the Knicks is about as good as you could expect from Boston in their first 3 games. However, there is one glaring problem for the Celtics after the first week of the NBA season and that’s secondary scoring.
Houston bats awake for eight-run game four in Washington, now evening up the series at two apiece.
Kemba Walker has taken over his first game in green. The Celts took down the Knicks 118-95 by way of a 32-point outing from Kemba.
Would Tom Brady ever leave the New England Patriots for another team? Adam Schefter was adamant this will be Tom Brady’s last year in New England.
Welcome back to another edition of what I've just dubbed, Paul's Picks. Last week I broke even at 2-2 after a 3-1 performance on my first week writing for Guy Boston Sports. A 5-3 record is nothing to shake your head about but let's try and keep building on that by going over a few of the top games this weekend.
After the Celtics rode a 40-point performance from Kyrie Irving to a Christmas Day victory over the Sixers last year, Joel Embiid told reporters: “This is not a rivalry. I don’t know our record against them, but it’s pretty bad. They always kick our ass.”