Boston Celtics mailbag solutions: Great offense, nicknames, and destiny

You know the drill by now. I requested for mailbag questions, you offered them! Here are my solutions. Hope you take pleasure in.


Question 1: What is the only most stunning factor about our early success this season?

(Wave a hand within the route of the offense)

Seriously, I anticipated this group to be good, however the best way they’re good is stunning. I figured they’d be superb defensively and somewhat higher offensively. Instead they’re a wagon on offense and began off sort of sluggish on protection (selecting up extra recently). Which is what you get into in your 2nd query…

Question 2: How a lot of our offensive effectivity do you credit score to Joe Mazzula? It appears to me the whole identification of the Celtics has shifted, from defensive juggernaut to offensive juggernaut. How does that occur to a group that went all the best way to the Finals whereas hanging their hats on the defensive finish? Is this one thing that simply occurred, or was it Joe, placing his stamp on the group?

I clearly didn’t issue within the sort of enhancements a number of of the gamers made in their very own video games. Obviously Tatum took one other step, however so did Grant, and Smart, and White. Then there’s the brand new guys. Brogdon we knew would assist. Hauser and Kornet have been higher than we may have hoped. So I put a number of it on the gamers.

With that mentioned, Mazzulla has them enjoying quick, he is bought them shifting the ball (beginning with the celebrities), and he is clearly letting them play (generally to a fault). I feel he ought to get a number of credit score for the best way the offense has gelled.


Last season, some individuals needed to contemplate bringing Al Horford off the bench to protect him. Should those self same individuals be suggesting bringing Robert Williams off the bench in the event that they wish to be constant?

Interesting thought. Perhaps at first, in an effort to ease him again into form and to be conservative along with his knees. I’m up for something that preserves him at this level. In addition, I may make a case that enjoying the double large lineup is not as mandatory when we now have so many guard weapons. So you may even see Joe stagger our bigs greater than we did final yr.

With all that mentioned, if Robert is absolutely wholesome, I do not see any problem beginning him and watching his minutes. Whatever works finest for him.


We ought to discuss Jayson Tatum’s lacking piece, as nice as he’s, he has a obvious weak spot that there’s actually no excuse for. He has no left hand across the basket. Its so apparent each recreation. We have to make this a narrative and hope it will get his consideration.

About that…

Side notice: Congratulations, your bit bought you right into a mailbag. Can we consider one thing else now?


What do you assume Sam Hauser’s official nickname needs to be? I’m on report as being a fan of Sammy Swish, Sniper Sam, & Sir Samuel Swishalot. There are loads of instantaneous classics on the market although, equivalent to HausMoney, to not point out Eddie House’s marketing campaign for 30-with-a-Scope. Is a single moniker even sufficient for a pointy shooter of Sam’s caliber? Is it too unorthodox to only scream a brand new nickname each time he places the ball by way of the ring, seemingly with out even grazing the web? Should we simply confer with him by his +/- ranking at this level? How will we play this, Jeff? This is the sort of hard-hitting query I hope you ready your self for.

Excellent query that requires a lot deep meditation and analysis for me to adequately reply. Unfortunately I’m a lazy procrastinator, so you will have to just accept this shoot from the hip response for now.

I like Hausermatic. Maybe not as a nickname, however simply one thing to scream on the TV when the ball is within the air (since you already know it’s moving into).

I additionally approve of the concept of ​​a brand new nickname each recreation. Reminds me of SportsCenter within the 90’s.


Will Grant give us any low cost in the summertime? We can promise to hold the batsuit along with his quantity on the rafters.

Nope. His agent could be negligent to provide any sort of low cost this summer time. In reality, he needs to be seeking to entice presents from different groups in any manner potential. That doesn’t suggest he’ll pull the “get me out of right here in any respect prices” routine that some free brokers pull. Just do not be shocked when rumors begin linking him to groups with cap house this summer time.

The excellent news is that the Celtics have the best to match. So there’s nonetheless an awesome likelihood that he’ll nonetheless be in inexperienced subsequent season and past.


One factor I’ve appreciated about GM Brad Stevens is his willingness to shuffle gamers 11-17. Now I actually like our two manner gamers and do not see us dropping them until somebody actually likes Davison in a commerce. Vonleh and Jackson contracts do not turn out to be absolutely assured till January 7. Vonleh specifically has slot in. Both match as an skilled however nonetheless younger to go along with our core. Wing depth and Jackson’s affect appear to place him on the most definitely to be minimize. We do have the damage exception that offers us a bit greater than the veterans minimal albeit at a big worth. Any wings on the free agent market match what we’d need-length with capturing as Danny preferred to say?

I’d assume that if there have been any choices that they preferred higher than Vonleh and Jackson that they’d have picked them up within the offseason. Both are good guys to roll the cube on and see how they develop. I doubt there’s any urgency to make any strikes in the meanwhile.

Where you would possibly see some motion is after the commerce deadline. The Celtics may very well be out there for buyout guys who’re searching for an opportunity at enjoying within the Finals.


Who has the least constant type/follow-thru on their jumper?

Tatum has probably the most exaggerated observe by way of – I like the best way that shot seems to be.

What’s the perfect side of Sam Hauser’s protection?

Scal and Grande have been joking about this final night time. He will get focused due to the best way he seems to be. People go into isolation on him and discover that he is not as a lot of a pushover as he would seem. They power up one thing that is not a excessive share shot and most of the time it’s a miss. Let’s name it the Billy Hoyle impact.

Do you assume Kabengele will get any ground time with the Celtics this yr?

Yes. I do not know when, however it’ll occur in some unspecified time in the future. Might solely be rubbish time on an evening when Horford is getting relaxation and earlier than Robert is again. Or perhaps Vonleh will foul out in 5 minutes. Who is aware of.

What’s the newest information on Yam and Juhann?

I feel Keith is protecting tabs on them. I have never been following alongside to be sincere. Kind of just like the inventory market, I strive to not monitor that sort of stuff too typically.


I hate to be that man however I gotta deliver it up. We should get J’s minutes down. All I can take into consideration is carrying them down within the finals final yr. Is it too quickly to be this nervous about that?

No, it’s by no means too quickly to be nervous about that. It is likely one of the few points that folks have with Mazzulla up to now. It is paying off with wins, however in some unspecified time in the future I’d hope we will discover the Jay’s (and actually all of the starters) some longer breaks.


It’s a phenomenal factor. No additional questions.


Mitch’s Dad

Is this a “group of destiny”? They positive appear to be they’ve the “it” issue. Is there such a factor as a “group of destiny”?

To win the Championship it’s a must to be superb and very fortunate. Sometimes being superb makes you very fortunate (good habits result in good breaks). But there’s all the time a component of dumb, blind luck concerned as effectively. Make of that what you’ll.

Also, it’s a lengthy season. You do not win titles in November (however you possibly can lose them). Let’s let this play out and benefit from the experience!


When we win the championship this yr, do the 2-way gamers get rings?

I do not see why not. The gamers usually determine who will get rings.

Stolid Citizen

Longtime Celtics fan who’s delighted thus far. Maybe that is the yr.

Wonderful, thanks for becoming a member of!


Why does Celtics Blog enable clickbaity headlines just like the Poeltl one?

Perhaps to get individuals to click on them?

Seriously although, to me, it might be click-bait if it have been deceptive. Saying he was “linked” to the Celtics is legitimately what Windy was saying. That’s fairly mushy “bait” in the event you ask me.

Sometimes it’s enjoyable to mixture tales that are not actually onerous information, however a great subject for commenters to debate. A storyline all yr has been the dearth of depth on the heart. There’s a great heart doubtlessly available on the market. The Spurs and Celtics have made a deal within the final yr. Windy introduced up the Celtics and Spurs. That’s a subject for me, however to every his personal.


With a need to all the time improve the roster, the place do you see upgrading wanted and based mostly on TPE’s and movable gamers what would you be keen to peel off the asset lists to enhance the roster?

Ideally if we will improve with out sacrificing rotation guys, we may all the time drop one of many deep bench guys. Then once more, in some unspecified time in the future you get too many guys seeking to get minutes and you begin messing with the chemistry.

Right now it looks as if Kornet is an efficient sufficient stopgap on the heart place and we’ll be set when Robert comes again. I would not thoughts extra wing depth to provide the Jay’s a while off. In principle you would use Pritchard to get some good worth again, however I’ve actually preferred the vitality and capturing he brings when we now have accidents on the guard place.

At the second, nonetheless, I’m very pleased with the roster as it’s. I’m not in any rush to repair what is not damaged.

Thanks for the questions everybody! Enjoy this group!

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