Due to a variety of reasons I haven’t written about the Celtics in a while. Their schedule is weird so I’m going to quit trying to plan and just do it.
The Celtics are pretty good again, sitting at 24-15, not the best but they’re getting better by the day. After a disappointing start Brad Stevens mixed up his starting lineup. Inserting Marcus Smart and Marcus Morris with Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford. Marcus Smart brings defense, playmaking, and toughness/scrappiness right from the start of the game. Marcus Morris has been having a career year shooting wise by a wide margin. He also brings defense, toughness and rebounding to the starting lineup.
This move pushed Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward to the bench. Jaylen Brown has been playing much better recently now that he’s gotten settled into his role and is playing his style of basketball, using his athleticism to get to the basket easily. As a starter he tried to become more of a catch and shoot guy, which doesn’t suit his skill set. Gordon Hayward is looking good, he’s showing more confidence in his ankle by being more willing to get to the basket, he’s more confident in his shot, he’s showing great passing/playmaking ability, and is playing solid defense while playing premium bench minutes.
Lets back track for a minute, Marcus Smart is quietly having “breakout year”. He is shooting above his career averages and a very respectable 35% from 3-point range. If he can continue that along with his better playmaking ability, he can be a valuable asset for the Celtics as they make a push for a higher playoff seed and make a playoff run. He is still a defensive magician, he can guard just about anyone on the floor, his puts his body on the line to make the tough plays. Kyrie recently said in his free time that he watches Marcus Smart defensive highlights, me too Kyrie, it’s just so amazing to watch.
Speaking of Kyrie Irving, he is becoming more of a vocal leader and showing that he can be the number one option on a top-level team. He is playing the best all around season of his life; he’s scoring at least 20 a night usually, displaying great playmaking abilities and is hustling and grinding on the defensive end to make a great Celtics defense even better. Watching this man play basketball is jaw-droppingly amazing. He is an amazing shooter, a great passer, can score at will when he gets to the basket from any angle and he has the best dribble moves in the league bar none.
Big game tonight for the Celtics, with a chance to make up some ground against the higher seeded Indiana Pacers, Celtics are on the comeback and are back with a vengeance to show they’re still one of the top teams to go through in the East and the league.