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Boston Celtics Film Study

Exploring JD Davison’s growing game

As the 53rd pick in the draft, Davison is a genuine project for the Boston Celtics.

Turnovers come back to haunt Celtics (again)

Eighteen turnovers lead to 33 points, and plunged the Celtics into a blowout loss in Game 2.

Tatum’s playmaking highlights versatility in Game 1 win

The All-NBA First Team wing carved open the Warriors despite a poor shooting night.

Learning from Luka: How to limit Andrew Wiggins’ impact on Jayson Tatum

Andrew Wiggins was Luka Doncic’s primary defender in the Western Conference Finals, and projects to be the guy tasked with guarding Jayson Tatum in The NBA Finals.

For Celtics, guarding Warriors in transition is a test in discipline

Golden State’s offense is kind of like a jazz band, and that makes them so much harder to predict.

CelticsBlog film study: solving Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in Game 4

The Celtics were successful in forcing a lot of long-2’s in their blowout win.

CelticsBlog film study: mismatch hunting pays dividends in Game 4

Jayson Tatum feasted on smaller defenders to the series at 2-2.

First half defense dug Boston a deep hole in Game 3 loss

The Celtics weren’t their usual selves defending in the half court.

Cooling off the Heat: stopping Miami’s dribble handoff attack

This is not the same team from the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. A new approach is necessary.

Celtics attacked favorable matchups in Game 6

The Celtics manipulated the Bucks defense throughout the game, earning favorable mismatches at will.

A step-by-step guide into Boston’s final sideline inbounds play

With the game on the line, the Celtics crumbled, and this inbounds play sums up their final few minutes.

Ime Udoka and the ATO edge

In a physical series where the Bucks are honing in on Jayson Tatum, the head coach can help with his play calling after a timeout

The other Bucks not named Giannis

The Celtics have done well on defense, so let’s take a look at any potential improvements against non-Giannis threats.

Celtics perimeter defense stifles Bucks in Game 2 win

Boston took the three-point shot away from Milwaukee for their fewest attempts all season.

How Milwaukee’s Game 1 defense was built to stop Jayson Tatum

Through full court pressure and forcing him left, the Bucks prevented Boston’s superstar from establishing a rhythm on Sunday afternoon.

Different defensive schemes to throw at Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, but how should they attempt to stop Milwaukee?

The Celtics have made Kevin Durant look more human than ever before

After taking a 3-0 lead in the series, Boston is living in the Brooklyn superstar’s head rent-free.

Parquet plays: targeting Drummond in the pick-and-roll

The Celtics exploited Andre Drummond in the pick-and-roll on multiple occasions.

How Jayson Tatum dealt with Brooklyn’s defense

Nothing was slowing Jayson Tatum down once he got going

Celtics defense adapts for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Game 1

You can’t shut down superstars, but the Celtics continually make their lives difficult without giving up too much elsewhere

Scouting report: Brooklyn Nets strengths and weaknesses

The Nets are no pushovers, and this series will be a battle for the ages.

NBA Playoffs Preview Guide Nets vs. Celtics: series boils down to how Boston defends Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn will gladly take what Boston’s defense will gladly give them.

Elite ball movement leads Celtics to victory over Wizards

The Celtics kept serving each other up in final regular season home game.

Parquet plays: Pacers high pick-and-roll gives Celtics something to work on before playoffs

With just four games left in the regular season, Boston has some screws to tighten before the postseason.

How the Celtics are using “ram screens” to generate easy offense

Boston’s improvement on offense is just as much a story as their historic defense.

A cut above the rest: Celtics off ball movement has helped fuel offensive improvement

After lamenting their isolation-heavy offense, the Celtics have been cutting more and scoring more.

How the Celtics shut down Utah’s three-point shooting

With high pressure defense and excellent coordination, the Celtics are going to be a tough out in the playoffs.

Parquet plays: Tatum fuels second half surge with bench unit

The Celtics’ lineup to open the second quarter took advantage of their strengths, putting an end to the Kings’ momentum for good

Jaylen Brown snaps out of slump in off-ball role

Brown excelled without the ball against the Kings.

Stingy Mavs defense cools off Celtics

Tatum worked hard for his 21 and Boston limited Doncic as the tactical battle was built around stopping the two stars.

Parquet plays: Celtics attack interior to fend off Cade Cunningham and young Pistons

Boston scored 68 points in the paint to win their fifth straight, attacking Detroit’s big man rotation.

How the Celtics have transformed into the NBA’s best defense

Breaking down the factors that make Boston’s defense tick