A comeback for seven straight wins: 11 Takeaways from Boston Celtics-Oklahoma City Thunder

1. The 2021 Boston Celtics misplaced Monday’s recreation to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Quite probably in a blowout. They would have let go of the rope, perhaps picked up a few ejections and it could have ended badly.

The present Celtics have been annoyed for the vast majority of the sport. For about 35 minutes of recreation time, actually. Boston could not make a shot, they have been upset with the officiating and their power was fairly low from the bounce.

Jaylen Brown did a very good job preserving Boston in placing distance with 24 factors by way of the primary three quarters. Then, everybody else confirmed up with a couple of minute or so to play within the third quarter.

This was not the Celtics greatest win of the yr by any means. But they confirmed combat, grit and togetherness. That they have been capable of get out of their very own heads and decide up the power degree have been indicators of progress. And they executed properly in crunch time, which is beginning to develop into a little bit of a welcomed development.

Here’s how Boston received it completed for their seventh straight victory.

2. Postgame, Marcus Smart and others known as out Payton Pritchard and Derrick White for choosing up power and getting the crew going. Jayson Tatum mentioned Pritchard simply stays able to contribute at any time when he is given the chance.

Pritchard received issues began with this deep three close to the tip of the third quarter, which snapped a string of 11 misses in a row from behind the arc for Boston:

Pritchard and White then teamed up for this steal to finish the quarter to offer the Celtics some life heading into the ultimate interval:

3. To open the fourth quarter, White made life hell for the Thunder ballhandlers. Look at how early White reads this chance for the steal earlier than he heads the opposite manner and will get a few free throws:

A short while later, White victimizes Josh Giddey once more with one other decide and a layup:

4. It wasn’t a very good capturing night time for Jayson Tatum. He could not discover the vary on his jumper all recreation. But Tatum made some changes. He began getting downhill extra as the sport went alongside. He was 6-of-10 contained in the paint, together with 4-for-4 within the fourth quarter. Tatum additionally earned 10 free throw makes an attempt. That’s discovering a method to rating when your shot will not fall.

Here’s a very good instance of Tatum not settling. He comes off the display and as an alternative of pulling up, Tatum makes use of an inside-out dribble to get into the paint for a floater by way of contact:

5. Al Horford performed an excellent recreation. Multiple occasions, Horford was the one pulling his teammates out of the mud once they received upset with the officiating. He additionally delivered some excellent 1-on-1 protection in isolation towards one of many hottest scorers within the NBA.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander excels by being slithery within the paint and attending to the rim by way of the smallest areas doable. Horford’s preliminary job is to maintain Gilgeous-Alexander in entrance of him. Mission completed. From there, Horford has to remain down on the 2 fakes earlier than contesting the tough fallaway. This is nice stuff:

About a minute later, it is the identical setup. Again, Horford does an excellent job preserving Gilgeous-Alexander from getting by him. Look at how huge Horford is ready to get when he extends to his full wingspan. Then he contests a tough step-back three from Gilgeous-Alexander to pressure one other miss:

6. In between these two stops from Al Horford, Jayson Tatum discovered himself standing on their lonesome in the midst of a Thunder zone. Marcus Smart waited simply lengthy sufficient to get the suitable angle for the cross and Tatum very loudly hammered it by way of to tie the sport:

7. Marcus Smart was dominant down the stretch of this recreation. Smart had 10 factors, three rebounds and 4 assists within the fourth quarter. This was a really powerful turnaround over Lu Dort:

Smart’s feeling fairly good now, so it is a nice take off a pleasant discover from Al Horford (however get behind the road DPOY!):

The confidence is overflowing now from Smart. This is a superb contest from Dort, nevertheless it’s backside of the following for Smart:

8. Derrick “Dagger” White gave the Celtics respiratory room with this assured rip late within the shot-clock:

9. Marcus Smart trusts that magical lefthand of his as a lot as Boston loves and trusts him:

10. To cap the comeback, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Derrick White teamed as much as break the Oklahoma City press to principally end it off right here:

(*11*)11. Boston has the NBA’s greatest report at 11-3. They’ve now gained seven straight video games. On Wednesday, the Celtics begin a three-game highway journey. All three video games look fairly powerful, however for now the main focus is just on the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have performed properly and simply took down the Milwaukee Bucks.

If the Celtics are going to increase the successful streak to eight video games, they will want to come back out centered and prepared from the beginning. But after this comeback, we all know they’ve the flexibility to choose themselves up in the event that they should. Resilience and discovering a manner are earned traits, and Boston has them.

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