With almost a quarter of the NBA season in the books, we've got just enough of a sample size to make way too early All-Star game predictions. When it comes to the Celtics' guys, the question isn't whether or not one of them will make the game, but rather, how many of them will. Since the "Big 3" era, the Celtics have only had two players make the All-Star game in the same year once -- in 2017-2018 when Kyrie Irving and Al Horford both made it. This year, its starting to look like they'll have at least two players making the trip to Chicago that weekend, and the only question is which two it will be, and whether or not they can get a 3rd or 4th guy there as well.
Jayson Tatum’s breakout season is finally here! It feels somewhat awkward to be using the word “finally” in the context of talking about a third year-player, but for Tatum it seems somewhat justified. A disappointing year two for the Celtics young forward took the shine off of Tatum a bit and led many to question the legitimacy of Tatum’s “future star” status. It felt like Tatum was destined to breakout in his second NBA season, but fans had to sit through a sophomore slump before seeing Tatum blossom into the player he’s become in year three.
After taking losses in three of their last five games, Celtics fans can no longer tease the rest of the NBA community over things like being atop the league standings, or being the lone remaining one-loss team in the league. Currently, they sit at 12-4 -- tied with Miami and Toronto, and 1.5 games back of the 14-3 Milwaukee Bucks for the East lead. The struggling Sixers are right on their tail at 11-6, and are bound to figure things out themselves sooner rather than later. A 2-3 record on the Celtics' West Coast road trip has effectively served as a reminder that things can change quickly in the NBA, and while some of these early season games may not feel important at times, every one counts.
Jayson Tatum has been hyped up incredibly since he has entered the league. There is no arguing that. Obviously, the majority of that hype coming via Celtics fans, but we all know plenty of the league is already sold on the idea that this kid is going to be a superstar. So again, there is no denying the hype. However, it’s one thing to acknowledge the hype and another thing to straight up deny the hype.
Last night the Celtics lost to the LA Clippers, a team that is considered a championship caliber team. The Celtics lost by just a sole possession in overtime. Sure, the loss stinks. We can all admit that. We'd rather a win. However, the social media reaction was pretty amazing all things considered and the outlook on the season somehow grew even more promising.
John Wall and Isaiah Thomas, now both on the Wizards, reminisce on facing off in their epic 7-game playoff series from 2017. The two point guards offer behind the scenes insight into the games and praise each other for their ridiculous performances. John Wall called it, "one of the best series in a long time".
For the first time in 25 days, the Celtics lost a game. Their brutal loss to the Sacramento Kings put an end to their 10-game win streak and moved them a half game behind the Lakers for the best record in the NBA. As the team boarded the plane to Phoenix last night, I'm sure Brad Stevens, Marcus Smart and the rest of the team were still thinking about what they could have done differently down the stretch. It may be for the best, however, that they don't have much time to second guess things before they take on the Suns tonight at 9pm.
As the Celtics enter tonight's game in Charlotte, they sit atop the Eastern Conference as the lone 1-loss team, and only the Lakers have avoided a second loss out West. It's still early in the season, but this is as good a time as any for them to rack some wins up and position themselves well for the rest of the season. Two years ago they did just that when they went on a 16 game win-streak to open the season 16-2 -- a cushion that would help take some pressure off of them later on in the season when they lost Kyrie Irving.
Gordon Hayward fans have been waiting for this. The moment in which we can say, without a doubt, that Hayward is BACK. Sure, he had a few 30-point games last year, but they were seemingly one-off's. However, now we are finally seeing a consistently great Hayward in Celtic green and it has all been capped off by a 39-point night vs Cleveland (including 8 assists and 7 rebounds) just six games into the new season.
It’s been five games, and I’m already hoping that Grant Williams is a Celtic for a long, long time.