The Celtics' first pre-game in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets confirmed a number of what we already knew. This group is an explosion to look at. There are some obtrusive issues within the yard and some issues to kind out earlier than the beginning of the common season, however there are extra positives than negatives. After all, it's pre-season, however listed below are three issues I'd wish to see extra in October:
1. Kemba Walker Taking Cost
Taking the playing job in Boston could nicely have the steepest studying curve of all roles. Whereas lots of the return gamers appeared snug of their first sport within the Backyard, Walker had a tough time that jogged my memory of one of many primary weaknesses of the group final yr.
Having the ball within the nook with 10 seconds remaining on the shot clock and no motion outdoors the ball will not be nice. The Celtics' offense is infamous for instances like these and so they usually finish with a determined try at three factors as an alternative of a turnaround. Kemba's decisive step is sort of the one method out of this case, and I suppose he’ll attempt increasingly more at his ease. My preliminary impression is that Kemba is selfless virtually as much as the fault, making it a superb match on this group, but in addition a sufferer of an already indecisive offense.
What I favored most about Walker begins his assault early within the stopwatch, as he does right here:
That is precisely the crime we anticipated. Pressing, however with out panic.
2. Jaylen Brown Faces Pace and Altering Pace
Jaylen made it clear in his minutes to FIBA that he was going to cart extra usually. It's nice, apart from the apparent downside that his handles can get misplaced a bit. For instance:
Evaluate this to this:
The hesitation earlier than the coaching is sweet, however what I actually like, is how a lot he slowed down ultimately whereas the defender was passing . It's purely speculative, however it appears like intuition whereas its turnarounds appear virtually premeditated. Jaylen appears to be a thinker, which is why he may attempt to do an excessive amount of on a possession: flip, pretend on the pump and fall, every motion digging a gap deeper than the final.
Right here's what it seems like when Jaylen and Kemba frolic in assault:
5 Celtics touching the ball in 10 seconds to create an open shot are what the "Everybody Eats" offensive ought to embody; nobody seems on the sector after this sport with the impression of getting "missed" an try at taking pictures. The ball motion provides energy to everybody – not simply the marker.
three. Vincent Poirier sliding his ft
My cousin Vinny was fairly good with younger folks in his six minutes of play. It was a welcome sight after I made myself ridiculous:
Rob Williams beginning coaching tonight. I demand it
– Scaremy Stevens (@Taco_Haus) October 6, 2019
The minutes within the heart are extraordinarily obtainable in the intervening time and Vince's means to slip his ft may make him transfer up the depth chart fairly shortly. Watch it right here:
Somewhat earlier within the sport, the Celtics have been utterly shredded behind the wheel. Vince qualify twice for a possession is nice, particularly in opposition to Willy Hernangomez, who all the time appears to present hassle to the Celtics. Right here is one other one:
That is the rim safety. That's what I preserve speaking with Rob Williams. Slide … reduce guys … it's simply as vital because the blocked shot.
To this point, Poirier has defended three disks together with his positioning and all have been arrested pic.twitter.com/yoZqtciv0o
– John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John), October 7, 2019
Six minutes of taking part in time will not be a number of work, however it's simply one of the best protection within the sport. I feel we'll see it extra usually in Friday's sport.