Next time it counts: 10 Takeaways from Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors

1. It wasn’t a banner day for Jayson Tatum, as he was once ejected after taking part in 29 mins. It looked to be a slightly comfortable ejection, however in all probability it’s an indication that officers received’t maintain a gradual movement of court cases from the Celtics big name this season.

Tatum nonetheless were given in some cast performs. This floater thru touch can be a pleasing shot for Tatum to have in his bag:

Later within the first part, Tatum did a just right task operating the Raptors zone to seek out Grant Williams for a triple:

And this was once a vintage Tatum shot. If he attracts a smaller defender, Tatum goes to upward push and hearth proper over them:

2. Jaylen Brown did his factor once more. He appears primed for a large season. On this shot, you might want to nearly listen Mike Gorman announcing “Fakes it, takes it, makes it”:

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you almost certainly learn about apparating. It’s when an individual disappears from one spot and looks in any other. Brown apparated for this layup with a nifty dribble transfer:

3. Derrick White has had an impressive preseason. His shot appears each faster and smoother after an offseason of labor. If White can knock down threes like he has within the preseason, movements like this are unstoppable.

Jaylen Brown is the ballhandler to begin the play, Al Horford monitors for Brown ahead of flipping to set a flare display screen for Jayson Tatum. If you don’t rotate or transfer, Brown goes to have a lane to the rim, whilst Horford pulls the massive out of the paint. If you do rotate or transfer, Tatum goes to seek out himself open or with a pleasing matchup. If you double the ballhandler, Horford pops for the jumper or rolls to the lane. Meanwhile, White being a risk will open up the ground too. Knocking them down like this may lend a hand:

White may be simply an excellent energetic participant. He’s at all times doing one thing. This practice on a neglected unfastened throw is a smart instance:

Let your guard down, and Boston has a host of men who’re going to make you pay.

4. Joe Mazzulla stated pregame that he was once going to paintings a typical season rotation for lots of the recreation. Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Derrick White and Marcus Smart began. Malcolm Brogdon and Grant Williams had been the main reserves, whilst Blake Griffin and Sam Hauser noticed mins too.

It turns out like that workforce goes to be Mazzulla’s nine-man rotation for now. Luke Kornet would possibly spoil in when he’s on top of things. Payton Pritchard goes to look mins when a fourth guard is wanted. And, in fact, Rob Williams will probably be again in the end.

While it’s just right to grasp who your primary guys are, it’s vital that Mazzulla doesn’t overtax them early within the season. Kornet and Pritchard will have to each see common motion. They are just right sufficient to carry their very own, and it will lend a hand stay mins down for the veteran gamers.

5. Grant Williams’ talent to execute in Boston’s switching scheme is massive. This was once very good protection towards Scotti Barnes to finish the 3rd quarter:

Williams saved Barnes in entrance of him, which isn’t any simple activity, after which contested the step-back jumper with out fouling. Being in a position to play 25-Half-hour frequently will probably be large for Williams, in what would possibly very most probably finally end up being a freelance 12 months.

6. Blake Griffin isn’t BLAKE GRIFFIN anymore. He’s now not leaping over any Kias once more. But he simply is aware of easy methods to play. It’s about smarts and positioning for Griffin now. He’ll want to knock down jumpers to be part of the Celtics playoff rotation. But performs like this are Griffin the use of his basketball IQ to make an have an effect on:

Right position, proper time, with comfortable palms. That’s just right stuff from Griffin.

7. It was once a peculiar preseason for Marcus Smart. At occasions, it looked like Smart was once nearly going throughout the motions. But you recognize what? That’s OK. He performs so laborious and expends such a lot of his power and his frame within the common season, there’s no explanation why to move too laborious in video games that don’t rely.

(*10*)Despite getting nicked up a few occasions on this recreation, Smart appears to be able to move. That’s large, as he’s the Celtics middle and soul and will probably be an enormous a part of any other Finals run.

8. It turns out like Joe Mazzulla goes to lean on some smaller lineups. Mostly out of necessity whilst Rob Williams is out, but additionally to get extra of the Celtics perfect gamers at the court docket immediately.

Something to control with the ones smaller lineups is defensive rebounding. It was once a significant issue towards the Raptors and Hornets within the preseason video games. The guards and wings have to offer Al Horford and the opposite bigs extra lend a hand at the forums. Timelord isn’t there to wash the entirety up for the primary couple of months. Going towards the massive Philadelphia 76ers on opening evening will probably be a just right take a look at of the rebounding talent.

9. It seems that Noah Vonleh and Justin Jackson have received the overall two roster spots after a a laugh camp fight that integrated six gamers at its height. Vonleh has a job as a intensity giant, and he’s carried out smartly when known as upon. Jackson has been extra up-and-down, however he’s been higher than Jake Layman, who gave the impression to be his number one competitor for a place.

In addition, Justin Jackson was once now not signed to an Exhibit 10 contract, so he can’t be shuttled off to the G League as an Affiliate Player. Layman was once signed to an Exhibit 10 deal, so his fast long term would possibly lie with the Maine Celtics.

10. Preseason is done. Next time it counts. The Celtics are name contenders. Some even nonetheless have them put in as name favorites. All the items are there for Boston to make a Finals run, and to complete the task this time.

Everything will get began on Tuesday evening towards the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers also are a name contender, so it’s a really perfect first take a look at and measuring stick for each Boston and Philadelphia to open the season.

Stay tuned to CelticsWeblog as we duvet what all of us hope will once more be a season the place the blokes in inexperienced are taking part in deep into June.

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