After a miserable first half consisting of missed open shots, layups, and overall bad basketball, the Celtics found a way to make another 20-plus point 2nd half comeback to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday afternoon in London winning their 7th straight game.
Early on in the NBA season, it seemed as if Sixers' rookie Ben Simmons had locked up the NBA's Rookie of the Year award for the 2017-18 season. However, here at the mid-way mark, that has seemed to change. There are multiple players in true contention for the honor, including the Celtics very own, Jayson Tatum.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for Anthony Davis isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Why, you ask? Because Boston simply has not seen Tatum’s ceiling, nor Brown’s ceiling quite yet. Though a compelling one, the trade would be inherently unfair. One party has a coherent scouting report on the player that they’re receiving; the other has nothing but phantasmal projections. And what good are those?
The Celtics have officially hit the halfway point of the season finishing their first 41 games with a record of 31-10. They were the first team in the NBA to hit the 41 game mark and before they head into the second half of the season, it’s time to look back on the first half that was and give out some team and individual grades. Here are the Celtics first half grades:
Terry Rozier outscored "The King," LeBron James, last night. Yes you read that correctly. LeBron dropped in 19 points, while Rozier tallied 20 points in the Boston Celtics 102-88 win over Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
Take a listen to this song dedicated to Kyrie Irving for saving the Boston Celtics after Gordon Hayward's devastating injury. Get pumped up for tonight's game!
The Paul Pierce comparison is coherent and obvious, but there is another great, bordering on legendary, Celtics player whom Jayson Tatum could learn from. Appropriately enough, this guy was the ying to Pierce’s yang - the one to his two. He was a hard-nosed gamer and a Tom Heinsohn favorite, earning “Tommy Points” inestimable throughout the course of his lengthy NBA career.
For the rest of this season, us Celtics fans will be monitoring the Lakers draft projection spot. As we know, if the pick falls in the 2-5 range, the Celtics will get the rights to that pick. Well, don't look now but the Lakers pick is projected to land in the 4 or 5 spot.
If that game did not fire you up, nothing will.
Celtics were facing a 26 point deficit in the first half and managed to tie the biggest comeback in the NBA this season to defeat the Houston Rockets 99-98 at TD Garden.