Last Celtics season, as frustrating as it was, featured some of the most memorable individual moments from a single season I can remember. From the funny to the frustrating, here are my top-100 moments, plays and other things that happened during the 2022-23 season.
1. The Kornet Kontest – Tracking the numbers of shooters against it. Thinking for a minute maybe Luke Kornet innovated NBA defense. Watching Kristap Porzingis and others around the league emulate it. Hearing coaches like Erik Spoelstra and Steve Clifford shrug it off. What a time to be alive.
“Maybe it’s a good thing to do,” Clifford told CLNS Media. “It’s not gonna be as good as if you can get up into somebody and do it. I can tell you that. These guys play so much basketball, it’s like when they talk about going to different arenas. None of that matters to me. These guys can see the rim. The big number in shooting, at any level, is contested shots. Can you make somebody shoot quicker? Can you impact the shots with a hard contest? Which speaks to getting closer to them. So I may be wrong, but I can’t imagine that has, maybe it has an impact, but not nearly the impact it would have if you’re into somebody.”
— Celtics Social (@CelticsSocial) April 23, 2023
Grant Williams got some celebratory spankings from Jaylen Brown and Al Horford during his postgame interview 🤣👋
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) May 26, 2023
— DiehardBosFans (@diehardbosfans) February 9, 2023
Smart: "Went for the steal, basketball play, referee blows his whistle, calls a foul, I stop play, my arm's still in there and he tries to break it..I'm the only one that gets a tech..defending DPOY? That's how he gets treated? … I could've cracked his head open, but I didn't." pic.twitter.com/Npnn7xJaYL
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) October 19, 2022
Great moment a few minutes ago — Al Horford addressed his G2 shooting, calling himself an elite shooter as a reporter laughed.
“You’re laughing, you don’t think I’m an elite shooter? My numbers don’t support it?” pic.twitter.com/LeWtpP69uB
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) May 5, 2023
I loved Horford letting his hair down and having fun more often last year, this shimmy would’ve been remembered as a top moment if the Celtics won Game 4.
HORFORD SHIMMY pic.twitter.com/e9aV5o0Ef3
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 7, 2023
Who did it better Luke Kornet or Stromile Swift? The Vibes are beyond immaculate. pic.twitter.com/D1sSFG2a4d
— Jake Issenberg (@jakeissenberg) November 29, 2022
Luke Kornet brought all the laughs out of Malcolm Brogdon in our latest View From the Rafters episode.
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) April 20, 2023
Celtics are beating the Hornets 78-55 at the half & Blake Griffin is a perfect 4-of-4 including this alley-oop dunk!!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) November 29, 2022
Marcus Smart: “We expect Joe to be perfect sometimes, and we forget it’s his first year. He’s done a PHENOMENAL job, shoutout Bobby.” pic.twitter.com/y2V5AHlWpH
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) May 4, 2023
Wasn't expecting Marcus Smart to say Joe Mazzulla's "been killed a lot…rightfully so…" 🤣
The message here, though, is about accountability. Full team accountability. Coach and players. Hope Mazzulla gets some credit for his Game 6 adjustments. pic.twitter.com/LcRHXzEDER
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) May 12, 2023
How in the world is this not a technical on LeBron? pic.twitter.com/WtuL6stHV3
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) January 29, 2023
FULL Segment: https://t.co/zHxjnDCb7X
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) April 24, 2023
Joe Mazzulla just walked past Marcus Smart in the locker room, did a full somersault in front of him, turned and said ‘you can’t do that.” Then walked out.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 24, 2023
I hope Mike Gorman is OK he did not explain the eye patch pic.twitter.com/wrtUb3LH3q
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) February 28, 2023
Joe Mazzulla said he only knows of one royal family:
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph."
📺Full Interview: https://t.co/90RpM3HyxL
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) December 1, 2022
— NBA (@NBA) February 21, 2023
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) February 17, 2023
"Yo wtf are you doing"
Jayson Tatum's reaction to Grant Williams' Batman impression 🤣🦇
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 31, 2022
Omg that’s my boy
— Richard White (@RamblinWreck34) May 28, 2023
Luke Kornet & Mike Muscala went 1 on 1 at the final #Celtics practice before their west coast trip. Check out the highlights!
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) March 10, 2023
Pritchard to @RealBobManning today: “I went through a lot of frustrating times, but I always went back to the work.”
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) April 10, 2023
Tatum’s time at shootaround
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) May 21, 2023
Oh I forgot the rest… Time for me to leave the single life.
She said YES!!! (Whew) pic.twitter.com/bV7uPG5x1V
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) December 26, 2022
Lmao Eddie House, the ultimate Magic hater, is the color analyst on the Celtics broadcast tonight 😂 pic.twitter.com/0GG1Utg36V
— 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧' 𝐍𝐁𝐀 (@_Talkin_NBA) January 24, 2023
76ers fan ejected after a verbal altercation with Marcus Smart during the last timeout. pic.twitter.com/2j6p0rZ2vy
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) February 26, 2023
Ben Sullivan pulled out the Derrick White impersonation in HORSE 😂
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) May 9, 2023
Marcus Smart on how he’s feeling: “Sore as shit” pic.twitter.com/O33wiJMqiD
— Souichi Terada | 寺田惣一 (@SouichiTerada) May 4, 2023
Joe Mazzulla fighting former Celtic Aaron Nesmith for a loose ball is one of the top highlights of the season pic.twitter.com/0H9cASqTu5
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) February 24, 2023
Robert Williams SWISHES a long 2 at the buzzer.
Only his third long jump shot attempt all season.
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) February 26, 2023
Giannis bullying Grant Williams at the dunk contest pic.twitter.com/JHdL1ymvrW
— Cameron Tabatabaie (@CTabatabaie) February 22, 2023
"One more game."
With a bloody lip along with a hole in his eardrum, no one is more ready for the All-Star break than Derrick White 🤣
— Sporting News NBA (@sn_nba) February 16, 2023
Marcus Smart was just given his second technical foul and ejected from Celtics-Spurs 😬
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) March 27, 2023
DeAndre Jordan playing Rock Paper Scissors with a fan during the Celtics-Nuggets delay 😆 pic.twitter.com/kXpmtxjPVu
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 2, 2023
"I love you Jaylen and I believe in you." — Joe Mazzulla on what he told Jaylen Brown after missing 2 late free throws
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) January 27, 2023
Jimmy got REVENGE for Al Horford Game 1 timeout celebration. 💀😂 pic.twitter.com/YrxI5bVVqX
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) May 22, 2023
61. Angry. Pissed.
Reporter: “What have the last 48 hours been like for your team?”
Joe Mazzulla: “Angry. Pissed.”
Reporter: “Did you like that?”
Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla was a big fan of his team's response to their Game 1 loss vs. the Sixers 😤pic.twitter.com/FaYfZY1LH6
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) May 4, 2023
62. Joe: I saw his face
What did Joe Mazzulla see from Jaylen after he ditched the mask?
"I saw his face" pic.twitter.com/UkfXX4fFar
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 24, 2023
63. Joe doesn’t care about coaching ASG
Joe Mazzulla on what it means to become all-star coach: "Nothing. Really happy for our staff. I think it'll be a great experience for our family."
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) January 31, 2023
64. Joe would run marathon until he died
When asked if he could run a marathon, Joe Mazzulla said, “I’d just go until I die…I’d like to find out.”
Al Horford said he could last a mile but he’s gonna take his son to watch the marathon this afternoon.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) April 17, 2023
65. Derrick White’s dad game winner call
"First game-winner ever? I had to have some especially in college or something."
— NBA (@NBA) May 28, 2023
66. Tatum game tying play vs. CLE
Grant Williams joins Joe Mazzulla as he also gets ejected after bumping into the referee pic.twitter.com/htZxVuePnq
— hoops bot (@hoops_bot) October 25, 2022
69. Justin Champagnie
Champagnie didn't love South Dakota: "There's absolutely nothing to do. At the same time, it gives you an opportunity to just focus on straight basketball. That was the blessing in disguise, but I couldn't walk outside…it's always snowing. Horrible weather…it smells funny."
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) April 7, 2023
Joe Mazzulla spoke on "confabulation" in regards to the Celtics recent losses pic.twitter.com/3CiLIwLDU5
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 23, 2022
Jayson Tatum – Floater
• Bom Pace
• Equilíbrio elite, seja com um ou dois pés, nunca falta equilíbrio
» Última adição do vasto arsenal do JT, falta consistência no touch.
Floater é uma das maneiras mais fáceis de entrar na partida, que fique mais consistente! pic.twitter.com/QwZiVlqTPT
— Jayjaymvp (@jayjaymvp) August 14, 2023
Isaiah Thomas is in the house. This place is gonna lose it when they see him. pic.twitter.com/xt5DjUYHYW
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) May 29, 2023
Marcus Smart on the Celtics watching the '04 Red Sox doc after they went down 0-3: "It was beautiful. It was definitely special to watch, special to witness and to be able to have an opportunity to go out there and have our own 2004 ride. So we’ll see.”
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 29, 2023
Malcolm Brogdon digs deep on the #Celtics’ defensive issues: “Our defensive isn’t consistent every night…I think defense should be our identity.”
You didn’t hear this emphasis until late in the Philly series. pic.twitter.com/mmNvfNNIFx
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) May 22, 2023
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) May 24, 2023
Jaylen Brown talks about the impact of Grant Williams and praises him, even through all his ups and downs this season pic.twitter.com/qNZjFwJ8PQ
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) May 6, 2023
Tito Horford with some more pregame advice for Jayson Tatum ahead of Game 5 pic.twitter.com/IAdBkYOyPG
— Cameron Tabatabaie (@CTabatabaie) May 25, 2023
Grant Williams leaning all the way into this summer referee thing. pic.twitter.com/6saiayWdvV
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) July 7, 2022
Sam Hauser went off against the Raptors:
✅ 26 PTS (career-high)
✅ 10-16 FG
✅ 6-12 3PT
✅ 5 REB
He also had THREE dunks on the night 😤
— Tomek Kordylewski (@Timi_093) April 8, 2023
— Ian Steele (@IanSteeleABC6) April 1, 2023
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) May 1, 2023
Jaylen Brown’s tribute to Bill Russell pic.twitter.com/pVEcZLYkmU
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) October 19, 2022
Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown and Grant Williams visited the White House last night to discuss criminal justice reform, particularly raising the age of juveniles to 20. They met with about 15 JD officials. Scott Budnick helped set it up.
Brogdon, Brown spoke today in DC about it
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) March 28, 2023
Will Hardy to me: "If you hope with Jayson Tatum, it's not going to go well. I had first-hand experience being with him last year and it is sort of shocking, at times, how few people double-team him." pic.twitter.com/eCLj729yNB
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) April 1, 2023
Mazzulla discusses Tatum's minutes this month, repeats same thing he said on Saturday: "Don't play overtime games." pic.twitter.com/TpeEP85H4T
— Bobby Manning (@RealBobManning) January 31, 2023
Jayson Tatum ROARS after a poster dunk over Aaron Nesmith 🔨 pic.twitter.com/3HTF4AOb4D
— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) December 22, 2022
“was not aware of what specific group that was outside of Barclay’s Center tonight…first glance I thought it was a known fraternity the (C/Que’s) Omega psi phi (step’n) showing support”
Bwahaha Jaylen Brown & many others mistook the Black Hebrew Israelites for Ques 😂💀💀💀💀 https://t.co/9qweukrnR9
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) November 21, 2022
99. Related: my favorite back page from last season during the Kyrie suspension