What. A. Game. The Celtics looked like they were dead at so many points in this one against Golden State, but somehow rallied to come back and win 92-88. They held the Golden State Warriors, who average close to 114 PPG, to 88 freakin points. Just insane. Here are some of my takeaways:
Brad Stevens is a Wizard: I know it’s only November, but I’m starting to think this defense is for real. The Warriors shooting 40% from the field just does not happen, and there really aren’t many nights when Steph Curry is going to finish with just 9 points. They missed wide open shot after wide open shot in the first half, they were lucky to only be down 10. But there were so many points in the second half where Golden State looked like they were going to pull away. I mean the C’s were practically out of this game at one point, but they managed to sneak back in. This leads me to my next point.
Jaylen Brown is the Real Deal: My man Jaylen went OFF in the third quarter when he threw the whole damn team on his back, sparking a 17-0 run. He finished the game with 22 points (11 in the third), 7 boards, and 2 blocks. He stepped up at a point in the game where it looked like not many guys were capable of doing it. They lose that game 10 times out of 10 if he doesn’t play the way he did. I’ve always been a Jaylen Brown supporter, but I really enjoyed seeing him step up on a stage like this. It’s going to go a long way for him.
Marcus Smart is Good? Bad? I don’t know anymore: If previous games this season haven’t shown Brad Stevens that Smart is inconsistent as hell on offense, then I really hope this one did. He finished 0-7 from the field, 0-3 from three, and 1-2 from the line. I love Marcus Smart, but he does way too much sometimes. What makes me laugh however, is that he finished with a god damn +15 plus/minus. I just don’t know what to make of him at this point. He’s a player you love to have because he can do almost anything, except shoot. Who knows how good he could be if he could get that shot down consistently.
Tonight’s win was impressive to say the least. Their schedule coming up consists of the Hawks, Mavericks, Heat, Magic, and Pacers. The Celtics should probably beat all of these teams, so the streak could keep rolling if they continue to play like they did tonight.
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Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)