Celtics Plays of the Season

JCizzle

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Good call. That JB three certainly felt like the inflection point to me.
 

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Payton Pritchard x 2 from half court. And both provided a ton of energy for the team.

I’d also submit Jaylen’s turnaround jumper in Game 3. Miss that shot and lose that game and we’re probably talking about a 3-2 lead right now.
 

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The entire end of the fourth and OT against the Timberwolves in January. That was the point I thought yeah these guys are different. Closers. All year.
 

lars10

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Payton Pritchard x 2 from half court. And both provided a ton of energy for the team.

I’d also submit Jaylen’s turnaround jumper in Game 3. Miss that shot and lose that game and we’re probably talking about a 3-2 lead right now.
That was def one of my no, no, no, no, YES! I believe he also had a three as well shortly after? Def closed out game 3.
 

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That was def one of my no, no, no, no, YES! I believe he also had a three as well shortly after? Def closed out game 3.
Closed out Game 3 and probably the MVP award as well. For all intents and purposes, he iced the series. Scary thing is Tatum is 26 and Jaylen still 27. And now they have a title under their belt. Health permitting, these guys are entering their primes with a team perfectly built for them and a coach who himself is only 35.
 

lars10

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Closed out Game 3 and probably the MVP award as well. For all intents and purposes, he iced the series. Scary thing is Tatum is 26 and Jaylen still 27. And now they have a title under their belt. Health permitting, these guys are entering their primes with a team perfectly built for them and a coach who himself is only 35.
For the past few years whenever anyone has been down on these two that's what I've been saying.. these guys were very early in 22 and had been knocking on the door almost every year... and were nowhere close to their prime. And now they are.

Someone posted that besides KP and Drue the rest of the most important players were here last year... they've just grown.

If Tatum and Brown level up next year like they've done pretty consistently..the Celts are going to be ridiculously good. If Brown keeps up the kind of physicality and drives to the hoop that he has during the playoffs or even adds to it? My goodness.
 

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For the past few years whenever anyone has been down on these two that's what I've been saying.. these guys were very early in 22 and had been knocking on the door almost every year... and were nowhere close to their prime. And now they are.

Someone posted that besides KP and Drue the rest of the most important players were here last year... they've just grown.

If Tatum and Brown level up next year like they've done pretty consistently..the Celts are going to be ridiculously good. If Brown keeps up the kind of physicality and drives to the hoop that he has during the playoffs or even adds to it? My goodness.
Agreed. Now, honestly, it’s about giving them rest during the regular season even if it costs you a few games. This is the roster construction nerd in me but given the cost structure of the team, Brad needs to find dirt cheap depth so will be interesting to see what he can do on that front, especially if Horford is done. Porzingis will always be a health concern and the rest are limited come playoff time.

But, you’ve got the core in place for several years, kind of like Golden State back in 2015.
 

lars10

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Agreed. Now, honestly, it’s about giving them rest during the regular season even if it costs you a few games. This is the roster construction nerd in me but given the cost structure of the team, Brad needs to find dirt cheap depth so will be interesting to see what he can do on that front, especially if Horford is done. Porzingis will always be a health concern and the rest are limited come playoff time.

But, you’ve got the core in place for several years, kind of like Golden State back in 2015.
Starting with JB, JT, DW and JH is pretty good. I expect that some of the end of the bench players will improve... in the same way PP and Hauser did - those two were almost unplayable last year in the playoffs and regularly got abused - this year they improved a ton. I'd be interested to see if Kornet and Queta could make some strides and maybe get some more minutes.

Not sure who they can add through the draft or even any of the players from Maine. Good experience for Walsh to be on the bench for the finals... wonder if he can add anything.

Also, as a lot of people have said.. now that the C's have won you're going to see a lot of ring chasers try to jump on.
 

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The entire end of the fourth and OT against the Timberwolves in January. That was the point I thought yeah these guys are different. Closers. All year.
That game said a lot, for sure.

Right up there was @ OKC in January, too. Down double digits late and kept fighting, and was a KP big toe away from tying it.

Last couple minutes vs Philadelphia in early December - Philly had a lead with 2 minutes to go, but our focus that entire 4th quarter was extraordinary, right down to the last 2 Horford FTs to win it, and the 2 Tobias Harris missed FTs moments later to confirm the loss.

The 2-week stretch in December where Derrick White was, without exaggeration, our best player. He was particularly ridiculous in the game at Sacramento.

Maybe we should do Zoom-based rewatches of top games from the season during our offseason. No days off! Or maybe we need a basketball detox for a month or two and should take our medicine.
 

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Yah- my edit tried to clarify it. I could have taken a running start from the baseline football style, and not have come close to the backboard. .

You could call a travel on pretty much every posession
Yeah, it’s a tremendously difficult shot to make when time is ticking down and he had Luka near him. Just a tremendous job by PP and he clearly has a knack for these. We’ve all messed around with half court shots but getting them so close to the rim on every attempt is a real skill of his.
 

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Maybe we should do Zoom-based rewatches of top games from the season during our offseason. No days off! Or maybe we need a basketball detox for a month or two and should take our medicine.
I've been hoping for the title win for awhile, to give some juice to the rewatches. Even the losses would be more fun now.

It's a lot easier to focus on the great crunchtime process in the 1st Denver loss when you know they're going to win the chip at the end.
 

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Have to look at that again on TV replay or the laptop, but any chance Pritchard traveled on that (just before he got the shot off)?
We got lucky, sort of. The ref running right next to PP was watching when he got the shot off and raised his hand when he did so. The ref under the basket was looking at the red go-nogo light. Nobody watched his feet.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyyNFBoYAC0
 

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I was irrationally confident Pritchard would hit that buzzer beater last night. Before the free throw, I checked to make sure he was in the game. Once he got the ball I stood up with my hands in the air as if it was a foregone conclusion. I'm not known as an optimistic person but I knew that was going down. Such a surreal feeling. Did anyone else have that reaction?
 

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The Pritchard play begin with the missed FT. You immediately see him "Im here Im here GIVE it to ME GIVE IT TO ME". Dude knows what his role is. And Horford knew who to give it to. Its what he does.
 

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The Pritchard play begin with the missed FT. You immediately see him "Im here Im here GIVE it to ME GIVE IT TO ME". Dude knows what his role is. And Horford knew who to give it to. Its what he does.
Right after Tatum fouled Luka, I spoke these words more or less verbatim to my son: "Pritchard hasn't played tonight. That's been an adjustment. I wonder if they'll put him in for the last shot". (Luka misses) "Get it to Pritchard!" "One more time Pritchard!" BANG
 

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Right after Tatum fouled Luka, I spoke these words more or less verbatim to my son: "Pritchard hasn't played tonight. That's been an adjustment. I wonder if they'll put him in for the last shot". (Luka misses) "Get it to Pritchard!" "One more time Pritchard!" BANG
I have never heard an announcer basically call a half-court shot with confidence before it was taken and then you had Jrue and Hauser raising their hands before the ball had even started its descent...I have never seen anything like that, everyone just knew.