The excellent run of form is perhaps even more impressive when you consider that it comes under the shadow of the suspension of head coach Ime Udoka and the administration of his interim replacement Joe Mazzulla.
If you take a look at the current NBA odds, you’ll see that Boston leads the way with odds of around (+450) from most sportsbooks, with next in line, the Milwaukee Bucks, back.
at (+650), so can the Celtics really lift the title in 2022-23?
Last season, the Celtics performed wonderfully to secure first place in the Atlantic before eliminating the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat en route to the finals, where they lost to the conquering Golden State Warriors in six.
games, and they have carried over form from 2021/22 to this season and they look very hot at the moment.
Coach Mazzulla, 34, is in his first head coaching job and is apparently taking the job with incredible ease, and he can see the potential in his Celtics setup, and is apparently well aware that the depth in Boston’s roster makes losing the likes of Jayson Tatum an injury they can deal with; “No matter who’s out there, our guys are always ready to play.
“And they always step up.
” “It’s a compliment to them for our depth.
Kudos to the guys for making the right play.
Fortunately, Tatum’s ankle injury doesn’t appear to be a long-term problem, and the fact that the Celtics can deal with such situations is proof of a growing confidence at TD Arena.
Without Tatum, the Celtics still managed to rack up 130 points in their last win over the Washington Wizards, a win that brings them to 16-4 on the season.
Jaylen Brown stepped into the gap to score 36 points and was eager to point out that Boston is more than just one player; “Being able to maintain our level of play without our leader, our big dog, not being in the rotation, it was fun”, “It challenges everyone; allows everyone to move up in their role.
But we all have capabilities; We are all talented.
That depth means Mazzulla has no problem bringing in other players to cover the losses of star players, and it’s a situation that certainly helps develop a sense of team ethic; “They do the same thing that the starters do,” Mazzulla said of his bench.
“They hold our space.
They make the right play at the hoop.
They move without the ball, and defend at the other end with effort and detail.
That’s what makes our guys proud.
The Celtics look good to easily make the playoffs this season, and then who knows what they can pull off, but a first NBA title since the Kevin Garnett days doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.