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CelticsPod: reactions and narratives from the Pistons series

Splitting a two-game series against Detroit didn’t breed confidence, but it taught us a lot.

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Recorded straight after the Boston Celtics narrow victory over the Detroit Pistons, today’s episode of CelticsPod examines the two-big starting lineup. With doubt of its effectiveness on defense and Brad Stevens stating there isn’t a large enough sample size, Brenden breaks down the statistics as to why this experiment should be cut short.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. We begin to discuss the narratives that are taking shape at this early junction in the season. From Jaylen Brown’s ascension to one of the hottest hands in the league to Jayson Tatum setting a career-high in assists, we discuss each new development and what it means for the Celtics in both the short and long term.

Then a debate surrounding Marcus Smart’s value ensues, with us both agreeing that ideally, Smart should operate as the best point-of-attack defender and offensive orchestrator. To wrap up the show, we look ahead to tonight’s game against Toronto, and the difficulties that will arise from the shortened, grueling schedule.

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