Another MVP performance from Jayson Tatum extended the winning streak to six:10 takeaways from the Boston Celtics – Detroit Pistons

1. It’s rare, but sometimes you can allocate a win to a single player. The Boston Celtics They won their sixth game in a row by defeating Detroit Pistons On the road. Several players contributed, but this appears to have been Jason Tatum’s victory.

With Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Malcolm Brogdon all joining Rob Williams on the sideline, Tatum carried Boston. The Celtics star scored 15 points in the first half, before matching that total in the third quarter. Tatum then added another 13 points in the fourth quarter, as the Celtics outperformed the Pistons.

Others will get their love in this space today, but we started with Jason Tatum. It would be disingenuous to start anywhere else.

2. Unfortunately, we couldn’t glue these two clips together, but it was one of Jayson Tatum’s other MVP sequels. First, a friend faces pi 1 on 1 in isolation. Tatum at the mission level and blocks the shot:

After the block, Tatum uses a hesitant dodge to move on and off the edge for a chance and a 1:

Tatum has always been a spinner, but this year he seems to have put it all together. He uses his skill, speed, height, and soft touch for at least a few endings like this in every game:

We’ll start calling this by playing “Rock the Baby”. Tatum Bojan Bogdanovic slowly rocks him to sleep in a series of controlled transitions and then performs the crossing drills with his eye:

Sometimes Tatum doesn’t even need to dodge. Galen Doreen is huge and he’s finished with this shot. but it does not matter:

3. Because the Celtics needed him to score, it wasn’t a high assist night for Jason Tatum. But he still had some really good passes throughout the game. This was a left-handed beauty transitioning to get the Celtics with a 2-for-1 chance:

A year ago, Tatum looked at Grant Williams in a play Loeb. Everyone laughed at it when Tatum said “I don’t throw lobes without Grant. Robb and JB. That’s who I’m throwing balls too.” Well, with Rob Williams and Jaylene Brown out, Tatum had no choice and Grant Williams delivered. A great heist by Marcus Smart to start this play as well:

4. Let’s stick to Grant Williams. It’s been great this season. Williams gives Boston everything they need that night. Sometimes he’s the shooter, sometimes he’s focused on moving the ball and checking, other times he’s settling into defense. With 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in this, Williams did a little bit of everything.

Williams’ confidence is so high right now that he shoots and makes shots like this fairly regularly:

The teams started catching up at the Celtics’ “walk the dog” game where they let the ball roll to keep their shot clock. When teams press the floor to stop it, Boston turns it into an impromptu transitional opportunity. This is made possible because the team trusts Grant Williams to make the right decision with the ball in his hands:

5. Marcus Smart is now in complete control of the Celtics’ attack. He reached the 10 assists mark for the fourth time in his last five matches. And Smart achieves this without being in a dominant role on the ball, rolling the heavy ball.

This offensive throwback trickles down to helping Blake Griffin in one move:

This is a smart combo. Heist followed by a cool coin of Jason Tatum:

DPOY still stands tall as the best short edge guard in the NBA:

The Celtics pieces have climbed several levels this season. Turn your head in a bucket:

If your defense is off-site or late with assistance, Smart will break you:

And the “cobra strike” is still alive and well, along with that magical left hand:

6. With Al Horford out, Joe Mazzulla went to Blake Griffin in the first set. This would have likely kept Luke Cornett in the reserve role, as Cornett became comfortable. Griffin had a good 22 minutes, but Cornette had some difficulties with the Pistons’ speed and physical strength.

Mazzulla made a change and went to Noah Vonleh instead of Kornet, and Vonleh came in. In 20 minutes, the veteran big man had seven rebounds and played a really good defense. Vonleh was a better fit for Detroit’s tough style.

The Celtics’ depth behind Horford, Grant Williams and Rob Williams is nothing short of amazing. But it’s functional and versatile enough to get you covered.

7. With Jalen Brown and Malcolm Brogdon out, Derek White had to give Boston good minutes. He did his job with 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and two blocks. White is a crafty shooter. That little bump to keep the defender off opened the scoring for the Celtics:

Despite being 0 against 4 from behind the arc at this point in the game, White handed the dagger to Detroit:

8. BOSTON BEGINS TO TAKE BETTER THE BALL BETTER. Very quietly, they commit the second lowest number of turnovers in the NBA at 12.8 gifts per game. In terms of turnover (adjusted for property), Boston ranks fourth in the league.

The shot will probably calm some in the end, but taking care of the ball will make it very difficult to beat the Celtics. Opponents will have to hope for a high turnover or shooting game, or maybe both, to win.

9. In line with the reduced rate of rotation, the movement of the ball has reached new heights. Even on the night they didn’t make everything, the Celtics scored 27 passes in 39 baskets.

Good extra passes like these from Marcus Smart to Grant Williams are popular now:

Noah Funleigh doesn’t get to shoot much (and take a bad shot later in the game from the same spot), but he doesn’t get selfish here. Extra pass equals Payton Pritchard Splash:

Grant Williams loves to work from a corner office. The nice thing about this play is that the ball finds energy when it’s moving in the right direction. Kick, swing, swing back, extra pass and deflect from a corner:

10. Boston is now flying home for a Monday night game with Oklahoma City Thunder. The Celtics are leading by a six-game winning streak, while the Thunder will be in a winning streak. Fortunately for OKC, they play a game in New York before heading to Boston against their usual back-to-back group play.

Like the Pistons, this is the kind of game the Celtics should win. Regularly, Boston shows that growth carried over from the second half of last season. The effort is made every night and their team mentality and playing together has taken them to a new offensive level. The defense started to show signs of turning around as well.

With games in Atlanta Hawks And the New Orleans Pelicans Later in the week, it’s important to start things off well against the thunder. We’ll see if the Celtics can extend their winning streak to seven on Monday.

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