The Boston Celtics are 4-0 since I wrote an article that mentioned we have to query every thing concerning the group. Not taking credit score, simply hoping that I don’t jinx the group by writing something new. As is commonly the case, I don’t have sufficient article-length ideas so I’m going to share my scattered ideas and welcome any and all feedback beneath.
When 3 of your high 7 gamers are facilities and there’s little to no wing depth, that makes for some funky lineups and guys enjoying each out of place and in some circumstances in a bigger position than they need to be in. Brad Stevens went with double huge lineups out of necessity however it was gumming up the works and didn’t present the sorts of benefits that might outweigh the negatives.
Clearly Theis isn’t a nasty participant and I’ll all the time admire what he delivered to the desk for this group. However eradicating him from the lineup and inserting Romeo Langford and (a minimum of for just a few video games) Evan Fournier, simply balances out the roster extra. As an alternative of leaning on guys like Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye to play huge minutes on the wing, they fall extra into their regular roles as smallball bigs.
Romeo specifically has been a sight for sore eyes on protection. I didn’t anticipate how a lot we’d miss Gordon Hayward’s dimension and spacing on protection. Langford gives that and provides lots of power and lively ft.
After all nobody man is sufficient to change the fortunes of a group, however each little spark helps. Marcus Sensible is trying extra like himself once more too. The Jays generally ebb and move on protection relying on the best way the offense goes. And once more, that roster stability of placing the best folks in the best spots appears to assist loads too.
So is that this only a scorching streak? Will they hit one other bump within the street and fall again right down to .500 once more? Or is there cause to consider that this group is lastly turning a nook?
Right here’s my case for optimism (as a result of the case for pessimism must be fairly apparent).
Kemba is up and down from recreation to recreation however on a macro scale he appears to have gotten higher because the 12 months has progressed and he appears to be becoming into the third banana position extra.
Marcus Sensible is again and doing Marcus Sensible issues (in a great way).
Evan Fournier and Romeo Langford may simply be capable of fill the Gordon Hayward sized gap this group has had all season lengthy.
Robert Williams is actual and he’s improbable. (Seinfeld reference supposed)
As all the time, we’ll go so far as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will take us and so they’ve been superb recently.
What does that imply for the playoffs? I’m holding out hope for the 4 seed and I believe it’s nicely inside attain. Get us rolling with some good luck and it isn’t arduous to think about this group successful a playoff collection or two. It’s straightforward to overlook that this group was within the Jap Convention Finals a mere 7 months in the past. The core basis of that group nonetheless exists on this roster. That’s not the top aim, the top aim is all the time a championship. I’m simply making the purpose that our long run potential shouldn’t be outlined by one dangerous (bizarre) season.
Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!