Evan Valenti pitch-hit for Adam Kaufman on this week’s Celtics Beat. Joining Evan this week is the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn, who has figured out the key to the turnaround: made baskets. A lot of them.
Recent tweaks to Boston’s lineup has sparked one of the most high-powered offenses since Thanksgiving. Yes, playing some of the lesser team’s in the NBA has helped, but the output cannot be denied. Evan was so confident in the offense that he GUARANTEED victory against the Bulls before the game even happened. The Celtics went on to beat the Bulls with a season-best offensive outburst (133 points).
Furthermore, the new look rotation has opened up opportunities for players on the bench. It’s not surprising that Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward have found rhythm attacking other team’s second units. Since returning from injury Brown has dropped 21 and 23 points against the Knicks and Bulls respectively. Hayward’s ability to facilitate the offense gives the bench a whole new wrinkle. Both decisions have panned out wonderfully for future President Brad Stevens.
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8:03 – Biggest reason for C’s turnaround
12:57 – Smart understands his role better than ever
20:45 – Sacrifice is the key word for the team going forward
27:32 – Kyrie is better than he’s ever been