You know the exercise by now. I asked Questions about the mailbox, you provided them! Here are my answers. I hope you like it.
Question 1: What is the most surprising thing about our early success this season?
(shakes hand in direction of attack)
Seriously, I expected this team to be good, but the way they are good is surprising. I thought they would be very good defensively and a bit better offensively. Instead, they’re a wagon on offense and started a bit slow on defense (catching up more lately). Which you address in your 2nd question…
Question 2: How much of our offensive efficiency do you attribute to Joe Mazzula? It seems to me that the Celtics’ entire identity has changed, from a defensive juggernaut to an offensive juggernaut. How does that happen with a team that went all the way to the finals while hanging their hat on defense? Is that something that just happened or was it Joe who left his mark on the team?
I obviously didn’t take into account the kind of improvements that some players have made in their own games. Tatum obviously took another step, but so did Grant, Smart, and White. Then there are the new guys. We knew Brogdon would help. Hauser and Kornet were better than we could have hoped for. So I’m putting a lot of that on the players.
Aside from that, Mazzulla makes them play fast, he makes them move the ball (starting with the stars), and he makes them play clearly (sometimes with a mistake). I think he should get a lot of credit for how the offense has evolved.
Last season, some people wanted to consider bringing Al Horford off the bench to save him. Should the same people suggest bringing Robert Williams off the bench if they want to be consistent?
Interesting thought. Maybe first to get him back in shape and be careful with his knees. I’m ready for anything that keeps him at this point. Also, I could argue that playing the double sized lineup isn’t as necessary when we have so many guard weapons. So you can see Joe is shaking our bigs more than last year.
If Robert is perfectly healthy I see no problem starting him and watching his minutes. What works best for him.
We should talk about Jayson Tatum’s missing piece, great as he is, he has a glaring weakness for which there really is no excuse. He has no left hand around the basket. It’s so obvious every game. We need to make a story out of this and hope it gets his attention.
Side note: Congratulations, your dentures put you in a mailbag. Can we imagine something else now?
What do you think Sam Hauser’s official nickname should be? I’m known to be a fan of Sammy Swish, Sniper Sam and Sir Samuel Swishalot. However, there are plenty of instant classics like HausMoney, not to mention Eddie House’s campaign for 30-with-a-Scope. Is a single nickname even enough for a sniper of Sam’s caliber? Is it too unorthodox to just scream a new nickname every time he puts the ball through the hoop without brushing the net? Should we just address him with his +/- rating at this point? How do we play this Jeff? This is the kind of hard-hitting question I hope you’ve prepared for.
Excellent question that will require a lot of deep meditation and research for me to answer adequately. Unfortunately, I’m a lazy procrastinator, so you’ll have to put up with this shoot from the hip first.
I like Hausermatic. Maybe not as a nickname, just something to yell at the TV when the ball is in the air (because you already know it’s going in).
I also agree with the idea of a new nickname for each game. Reminds me of SportsCenter in the 90’s.
Overseas fans since 1984
Will Grant give us a discount in the summer? We can promise to hang a Batsuit from the rafters with his number on it.
nope His agent would be remiss to offer any discounts this summer. In fact, he should try to win offers from other teams in any way he can. That doesn’t mean he’ll do the “get me out of here at all costs” routine that some free agents do. Just don’t be shocked if rumors link him to teams that have room for caps this summer.
The good news is the Celtics have every right to match. So there’s still a big chance he’s still green next season and beyond.
I fell apart
One thing I appreciate about GM Brad Stevens is his willingness to shuffle players 11-17. Now I really like our two-way players and don’t see us losing them unless someone really likes Davison in a trade. Vonleh and Jackson’s contracts will not be fully guaranteed until January 7th. Vonleh in particular has fitted in. Both fit into our core as experienced but still young players. Wing depth and Jackson’s punching power seem the most likely to cut him. We have the injury exception that gives us a little more than the veteran minimum, albeit at a hefty cost. Are there wings in the free agent market that fit what we might need in shooting, as Danny liked to say?
I would think if there were any options they would have liked more than Vonleh and Jackson they would have picked them in the offseason. Both are good guys to roll the dice and see how they pan out. I doubt there is any urgency to take any steps at the moment.
Where you may see some movement is after the trading deadline. The Celtics might be in the market for buyout guys looking for a chance to play in the Finals.
Who has the least consistent form/follow-thru on their jumper?
Tatum has the most over the top episode – I love the way this shot looks.
What’s the best aspect of Sam Hauser’s defense?
Scal and Grande joked about it last night. He is targeted because of his looks. People isolate himself from him and realize he’s not as weak as he seems. You’re forcing something that isn’t a high proof shot, and more often than not it’s a miss. Let’s call it the Billy Hoyle Effect.
Do you think Kabengele will get floor time with the Celtics this year?
Yes. I don’t know when, but eventually it will happen. Maybe just trash time on a night when Horford is resting and before Robert gets back. Or maybe Vonleh will foul in 5 minutes. Who knows.
What’s new about Yam and Juhann?
I think Keith is keeping an eye on her. I didn’t follow it to be honest. Similar to the stock market, I try not to follow things like this too often.
I hate being that guy, but I have to address it. We gotta get the J’s minutes down. All I can think about is that they were worn down in the finals last year. Is it too early to worry about this?
No, it’s never too early to start worrying about it. It’s one of the few issues people have had with Mazzulla so far. It pays off in wins, but at some point I would hope that we give the Jays (and indeed all starters) some longer breaks.
It’s a beautiful thing. No further questions.
Is this a “team of destiny”? They certainly look like they have the “it” factor. Is there such a thing as a “Team of Destiny”?
To win the championship you have to be very good and very lucky. Sometimes being very good is very lucky (good habits make good breaks). But there is always an element of stupid, blind luck involved. Make what you want out of it.
Besides, it’s a long season. You don’t win titles in November (but you can lose them). Let’s play that and enjoy the ride!
If we win the championship this year, will the 2-way players get rings?
I don’t see why not. The players usually decide who gets rings.
Longtime Celtics fan who has loved it so far. Maybe this is the year.
Wonderful, thanks for participating!
Why does Celtic’s blog allow clickbaity headlines like Poeltl’s?
Maybe to get people to click them?
Seriously, for me it would be click bait if it was misleading. Saying that he is “affiliated” with the Celtics is legitimately what Windy said. That’s pretty soft “bait” if you ask me.
Sometimes it’s fun to collect stories that aren’t really hard news, but are a good topic for commenters to discuss. A storyline throughout the year was the lack of depth at the center. There may be a good center on the market. The Spurs and Celtics made a deal last year. Windy brought up the Celtics and Spurs. It’s an issue for me, but to each his own.
With a desire to always update the roster, where do you see upgrades needed, and based on TPEs and moving players, what would you be willing to subtract from the asset lists to improve the roster?
Ideally, if we can upgrade without sacrificing the rotation types, we could always drop one of the deep bank types. On the other hand, eventually you get too many people trying to get minutes and you start messing around with the chemistry.
Right now it looks like Kornet is a good enough stopgap in the middle position and we’ll be ready when Robert comes back. I wouldn’t mind more wing depth to give the Jays a break. In theory you could use Pritchard to get some good back, but I loved the energy and shooting he brings when we have injuries on guard.
At the moment I’m very happy with the squad the way it is. I am in no hurry to fix what is not broken.
Thanks for the questions everyone! Enjoy this team!