Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Boston Celtics have put their first win in their books! In a down to the second nail biter, the Boston Celtics defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 107-106

 

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

 

Yesterday the atmosphere in the TD Garden was electric! Fans were understandably hyped after waiting for months to see what the 2019-2020 Boston Celtics would look like with the new additions. You can feel the anticipation and the hope that after last season the fresh start truly had begun. It wasn’t a perfect win, and there are still some things that will need to be worked on as we march to our first game of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 23rd. However, what stood out yesterday – the foundation is being laid for a fun and gritty season. A few takeaways from yesterday:

Boston loves Tacko Fall

For most of the game the fans chanted loudly for Tacko Fall to be put on the court. For every new substitution, the chanting got louder. They finally got what they wanted when Brad finally gave Tacko the nod and he entered the game in the 4th quarter at 9:14. Not only did he receive a standing ovation, he caused the Garden to shake from fans excitement. Tacko did not disappoint in his 9 minutes of play. He walked out of the game with 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 impressive block and 1 turnover. What he was able to do was help clog the paint and cause shooters to have to rely on the perimeter instead of continuing to run drives that got the Hornets up 16 at the beginning of the 4th. Although he still needs to improve his footwork, he can still act as a defensive threat for any guard looking to get a quick a layup.

Jayson Tatum is good

After a lackluster sophomore season, forward Jayson Tatum came into this game looking like he put in some work this off season. His confidence was back and you could see it with each shot selection. Leading all Celtics scorers with 20 points on 8/14 shooting, hitting 3 of his 8 three-point shot attempts. You could see that he was making better shot selections and business decisions while on the court. Tatum reminded fans why we’re so excited about his potential at the end of the 2017-2018 season. He has made the case that he would be a great number 2 option as we roll into the new season.

Can we talk about Javonte Green?

Javonte Green was for lack of a better word – AMAZING in his 11 minutes of play. He was a dunking machine who was not afraid to get to the basket. Posting an impressive 15 points on 7/7 shooting, Green showed a toughness and no fear attitude that demanded respect at the rim. He did a great job rebounding and looking out for those 50/50 balls and really provided an offensive spark that the team needed as the clock counted down to the end of the 4th quarter. I was sitting with my husband and he commented that Green gave him a “Vince Carter” vibe. I guess time will tell as the season continues. I can say that I am happy that we added him to this roster as his athleticism will be needed.

The Rookies showed they were ready

As the the Celtics starters struggled rolling into the 3rd quarter trailing by 16 points, Brad saw the need to get a spark going on the offense, so he started subbing the rookies in. Fans were not disappointed as this group of young players played gritty defense and used their offensive strengths to get the game within 1 with a dunk from Tacko Fall early in the 4th quarter, and gaining the lead with another dunk by Javonte Green on an assist from Tremont Waters. You would think that they have been playing together for years with how they communicated and stayed together on the court. There were some miscues and mistakes but overall this was a good showing for their NBA debut.

Overall this was a fun game! One of the best parts was watching how they were there for each other. Seeing Marcus and Jayson pump up the crowd when Tacko hit the parquet, watching the bench reaction to each dunk, and how they stayed together and positive even when they were down 16 points. Even though Kemba had a quiet game, he kept the good vibrations going; encouraging his team mates off the bench. It was that teamwork and chemistry that made me fall in love with the Boston Celtics. It is clear that the grit and determination to be there for each other has returned to the Garden, and I am so ready for it! WE BLEED GREEN! Let’s go Celtics!

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