Boston Celtics

  • The Boston Celtics open the 2022-23 season and the defense of their Eastern Conference Championship tonight hosting the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with the fastest thirty minutes in the NBA right here on 98.5 the Sports Hub. Here are my five bold expectations for the upcoming Celtics season.

  • Joe Mazzulla Named NBA Coach of the Year

    Joe Mazzulla

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    Joe Mazzulla is going to win the NBA Coach of the year this season. Joe Mazzulla through the preseason has the Boston Celtics bought in and ready for a defense of their Eastern Conference Championship. Balance is often a word we use to describe the best way any team in sports can win a championship, and balance is a word that Mazzulla used the other day when talking about how the Celtics can be better.

    Last season the Celtics were a defense first team, this season, they’ve added more offensive skill with Malcolm Brogdon, Blake Griffin and an increasing role for Sam Hauser. Adding to the fact the Celtics are loaded with a top 5 player in the NBA in Jayson Tatum, a top 20 NBA player in Jaylen Brown, the reigning, defending, NBA defensive player of the year, Marcus Smart and the ever steady pro Al Horford, Mazzulla’s task is to keep this basketball team focused on winning Banner 18. An NBA Championship and an NBA Coach of the Year is an expectation of mine.

  • Celtics will win 60 Games and the NBA Title

    NBA Finals

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    In short, for the same reasons why Joe Mazzulla will win the NBA Coach of the Year, the Celtics are locked and loaded for this upcoming season. 60 wins in the regular season and 16 wins in the postseason are my expectations for the 2022-23 Boston Celtics.

  • Jaylen Brown is NBA Defensive Player of the Year

    Jaylen Brown

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    Jaylen Brown for years has been compared to two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard. This is the season when Jaylen Brown gets his first Defensive Player of the Year award. Brown’s motivation beyond being locked in defensively and winning basketball games is money – elite level money.

    If Brown wins DPOY, he will be eligible for a Supermax Designated Veteran Player Extension, having completed 7+ years in the NBA (minimum requirement for eligibility), which would make his extension a five-year, $279,802,546 deal. I feel like DPOY is the best and most logical path for Jaylen Brown to get paid like the top 20 NBA player that he is.

  • Jayson Tatum Is the NBA MVP

    Jayson Tatum

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    In a Sports Illustrated article published on Oct. 12, Jayson Tatum described what losing in the NBA Finals meant to him. “Didn’t feel like talking to anybody. Didn’t feel like being bothered,” he said. “It’s hard to explain if you have never been in that situation. But losing a championship was f—ing miserable.”

    That quote from Jayson Tatum just signals to me that he’s on a mission to get back to the NBA Finals and win the NBA Championship. It feels to me like Tatum wants home court to make his path to the Finals easier. Tatum ranges anywhere from fifth to 10th in his odds of winning the NBA MVP behind Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic, and Steph Curry. A motivated Jayson Tatum will put up MVP numbers on both sides of the basketball and if the Celtics win 60 games, the MVP voters will have an easy choice.

  • Sam Hauser Will Win the Celtics Multiple Games

    Sam Hauser

    I love Sam Hauser, I’ve already ordered a Sam Hauser Jersey and yes, I think Sam Hauser is the Celtics’ Super Secret Weapon this season. He’s an elite shooter (48 percent from three in the preseason) and a good team defender. He’s the 426th highest-paid NBA player this year, clearly having the best contract in the NBA and it’s by a wide margin at three-years and approximately $6 million. I expect Hauser will become a regular rotation player this season and hit some important – and even game-winning – shots for the Celtics this season.

  • James Stewart is the executive producer of the Felger & Mazz program on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Send any issues you have with his takes to Felger@985TheSportsHub.com. Follow him on Twitter @IAmJamesStewart