Celtics’ biggest disappointment early in…

Celtics' biggest disappointment early in 2023-24 NBA season


Before the Boston Celtics start talking about winning another championship, Joe Mazzulla and his team still have a lot of rotational work to do. Having a lot of skill and having to manage them all so they fit together is the ultimate

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tragedy. Already formidable opponents Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are made even more so with the addition of Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis, and Jrue Holiday. Their losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers were a reflection of their talent-filled curse. This is where the greatest letdown for the Celtics was revealed.

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Joe Mazzulla has a clear-cut list of scoring options by the name of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kritsaps Porzingis. Their ability to stretch out the floor has been phenomenal. The testament to this would be the variety of perimeter-based sets they could run. Minutes distribution among the stars does not seem to be a prominent issue. The main drawback, however, is what plays are designed for who and what the backup play is. In their loss against the Sixers, the Celtics’ biggest disappointment came in the last shot of the game. With Tatum being covered at the top of the key, in a play supposedly designed for him, the pass immediately went to Kristaps Porzingis without much off-ball movement.

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