Boston Celtics

It’s been two weeks since the NBA season began and Boston sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 4-2 record, including wins over Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, and Washington. With four wins under their belt, there are certainly good and bad tendencies for the 2022 Boston Celtics. Here are five takeaways from the young season.

  • Takeaway #1: Tatum a Legit MVP Candidate

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    MIAMI, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 21: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on October 21, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

    Since the Finals ended in June, many wondered if Jayson Tatum’s psyche was damaged. He had one hundred turnovers in the playoffs and did not show his potential on the biggest stage. Now, in 2022, Tatum is a legit MVP candidate. He is averaging over 30 points per game, while shooting 56%, and 40% from three point range. He’s shown his defensive abilities early on this season, with a rejection on Tyrese Maxey that felt like it went into the concourse of the TD Garden. The MVP in the NBA is normally based on how a player performs on the offensive end, but with the defensive leadership he has already shown, he will be looked at as an all around MVP candidate on both ends.

  • Takeaway #2: Buy-In With Bench Players

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    ORLANDO, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 22: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Boston Celtics drives for the net as Bol Bol #10 of the Orlando Magic defends during the second quarter at Amway Center on October 22, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

    We have always said, “The team goes as the Jay’s go.” We may have to change that. The Celtics bench has been terrific since the season started. In the second game of a back to back against Orlando, the bench combined for thirty five points. What makes the bench terrific is newly acquired Malcom Brogdon. Brogdon has bought into his role and against the Wizards Sunday night, he contributed twenty three points off the bench. With the Celtics point guard depth lined up, they will be in every game this season.

  • Takeaway #3: Defense Must Improve Quickly

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    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 28: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes a shot against Luke Kornet #40 of the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on October 28, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Last year’s Celtics were great on offense, but they won a lot of their games on the defensive side. For example, Game 1 versus the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics forced Kevin Durant into a last second three pointer and we all know what happened next. In the six games played this season, Sunday night’s win against Washington was the first game where they allowed less than 100 points. In three straight games versus Orlando, Chicago, and Cleveland the Celtics gave up 120 points or more. Simply put, those numbers will not win you NBA Championships. For the Celtics to be back in the Finals, defense must be priority number 1.

  • Takeaway #4: Officiating Getting In C’s Heads

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 24: Grant Williams #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts as he leaves the floor after being ejected from the game against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center on October 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Last Monday night versus Chicago, Grant Williams bumped into an official and was suspended and Joe Mazzulla was ejected in the same game. Even in the first game of the season, Jayson Tatum was given a technical foul on a play he was not involved in. Last year, you could tell the team was letting the officials get in their heads. This season, it is the same story, and if it does not change soon, they will lead the league in technical fouls.

  • Takeaway #5: Keeping Composure in Crunch Time

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    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 28: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum #0 look on from the bench during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on October 28, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    In overtime versus the Cavaliers, it was the Celtics lack of execution cost them Friday night. Within the last two minutes of OT, Marcus Smart had a bad turnover and Jayson Tatum followed with another twenty one seconds later. It came crumbling down in overtime and that is where issues have arisen in past years. For Tatum and Brown to be the best dynamic duo in the NBA, the must be assertive and want the ball in the final minutes and defend their hoop to earn crunch time victories.