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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    I expect that Udoka is going to take it easy on the Celtics' bigs tonight. Horford is likely to be back, but I'd expect limited minutes in his first game back from Covid. Rob went 45 minutes in the opener, and with his health issues I'd expect him not to get a ton of minutes. Plus, Grant played...
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    Jayson Tatum 2021-22: Leap Year

    I think everyone was fired up for game 1, Ime's first game, in front of a packed house at MSG, etc.
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    I would expect them not to only switch everything - even last night they went away from it. It's good for Point Marcus.
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    Karalis had a great article about the Celtics defensive woes late in regulation and into the OT. https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2021/10/21/lack-of-preseason-reps-shows-itself-critical-late-game-lapses It turns out that they changed up the defensive plan from "switch everything" to...
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    Very, very likely, IMO. I think he will get some sort of a chance at some point, especially if there are injuries or Covid issues, but I think he was brought in on the theory that Grant, Langford, Nesmith were expected to amount to much. I think the good play so far (counting oreseason) of PP...
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    I think a lot of good could come out of this game. From the great play of Brown and Rob, the sold role-playing from Grant (despite getting repeatedly torched by someone you would not ordinarily want him to guard), and a slew of mistakes that hopefully help Ime figure out how to fix things.
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    I think Kanter will get minutes, but his role will be very situational.
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    As of now, I am not too worried. If it continues it will be a problem, but none of those guys are really turnover prone. I'm still against this. Too much of the offense is going to flow through Tatum and Brown anyway, I don't want Schroder eating into their usages. The stretch in question, from...
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    OK, I am going to ask the question: Has BB lost his fastball?

    I don't think the win probability models can say anything about any single decision to go for it or not. The coach may (and almost certainly does) have information that the But I do think they are informative when it comes to the trends. Belichick has become ultra conservative, very likely to...
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    I agree. I mean, they did this without Al, without Richardson (who surely would have been relied on for defense in this game and could not have shot worse than Nesmith/Pritchard), with their best player in an enormous funk, and with several reversions to the way they played last year. Sure, they...
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    Analysis of Celtics Games, '21-'22 Season

    Richardson was out with a migraine, for those wondering why he didn't play. Best 3 Celtics: 1. Jaylen Brown. This was probably a career-best game from him. He, in addition to his great shooting night, did a little of everything else. 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block. He hit a...
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    Timelord signs big extension (4 yrs/54 mill)

    After Brown, he was the best Celtic in this one. Impressive stats across the board, and this was a game where the stats don't tell the whole story. His defense on Randle was the key to the comeback, and at least 2 of his 5 blocks were of outside shots.
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    Julian Edelman released & retires

    Kickers should just get a letter "K."
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    Would you want Ben Simmons on the Celtics?

    Simmons makes $31.6M, meaning the Celtics would need to ship out $25.2M in salary to bring him in, and they would have to commit to paying the tax. The only way that makes sense is if Simmons is Celtics star #3 and ther goal is to win with the Jays and Ben. Let's say Ime says "yes, I can win...
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    The best shape of their lives: Celtics training camp

    His previous deal was for about $2.3 million: half guaranteed on opening night, half on Jan 10. I wonder what the new terms are - but they would have to be more team friendly than the previous deal. But how much more team friendly could it be?