Lots of good stuff on Jaylen Brown’s good recent play. That’s good to see. Good thing I didn’t say “great.” (via Steve Bulpett)
“You know, we’re not on a good team, we’re on a great one. We have the talent to be great. So it’s a tough adjustment for any young player, especially coming in and they have expectations, but Jaylen’s doing a great job of just taking it all in and really just adjusting as much as he can and learning from all of the veterans ahead of him.”
Al Horford remains on a minutes restriction for precautionary reasons. (via Scott Souza)
“It’s more that we don’t want to backlog 36-minute games,” Stevens said. “back-to-back-to-back-to-back, one after another, coming off of the knee. He’s already played now nine straight after that. He looks good. He feels good.
“We did this (for more than two months) with (Marcus) Morris last year. By March, Morris felt great and really played well, obviously, toward the end of the season. It’s a fairly similar plan.”
As usual, Chris Forsberg has some fun stats for us.
Over the last 20 games, Boston owns the NBA’s top offensive rating in averaging 117.4 points per 100 possessions. That’s 2 points better than their nearest competition (the James Harden-fueled Rockets) in that span. It’s also 3.7 points better than the Golden State Warriors’ NBA-leading offensive rating of 113.7 for the season.
BOSTON CELTICS OFFENSE— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 10, 2019
1st 20 games: 104.6 points/possession (27th NBA) (Celtics 10-10)
Last 20 games: 117.4 points/possession (1st NBA) (Celtics 15-5)
So, how'd that homestand go for the Celtics?— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 10, 2019
20.5 margin of victory
137 assists (at least 32 in each game)
The Celtics had shot 57% just five times in the first 456 games of the Brad Stevens era...
...they did it twice on the homestand. pic.twitter.com/jclR3aKKMt