In case you missed it, the Celtics lost to Mavericks 107-104 as Luka Doncic hit a well contested three-point shot at the buzzer. Despite the loss, this was a growth game for the Celtics. At this stage in the season, the only game they lose is the one that doesn't make them better. On the other hand, you need to be a fast learner and win some games. I think there are important points that the team can take away from this game.
Good Point One: They got balanced scoring with five players in double figures.
Good Point Two: Jayson Tatum had a big game. He had 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and 32 points. He was to the Celtics as Doncic was to the Mavericks.
Good Point Three: They played with strong resilience. After going the first quarter colder than the Arctic Ocean, the Celtics fought their back into the game and actually took the lead briefly late. Which leads to...
Bad Point One: Slow start. It took too long for the Celtics to get going and that early slow start cost them. And then they had a chance to win the game late but made mistakes which led to the loss.
Bad Point Two: The Bench. Udoka rewarded Aaron Nesmith with 21 minutes off the bench but he was unproductive, scoring zero points and ending with a negative 12 in the plus/minus column. Payton Pritchard got 11 minutes, took three shots and made one. Udoka never played Romeo Langford, which I can't understand. Josh Richardson was the only contributor off the bench.
Bad Point Three: Jaylen Brown. They need him to play so they need him to get and stay healthy.