The Boston Celtics are currently second in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 49 wins and 30 losses.
The Celtics only have three games left on the season before heading to the playoffs. Here is why the Celtics can win the NBA Finals this season.
First-year head coach Ime Udoka has built this defense as elite this season as they are, only giving up an average of 104 points. Marcus Smart is aggressive when defending players at the point of attack while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown use their length to shrink the floor from the wing. Lastly, Robert Williams uses his ability to block shots at the rim and get the defensive rebound. Although Williams isn’t healthy right now, the team’s elite defense will not be stopped as they know how to play team defense.
2 All-NBA Caliber Wings
Tatum and Brown are fully capable of being All-NBA Caliber wings on any given night. Tatum is averaging 27.1 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Brown is averaging 23.6 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Tatum is an elite Isolation scorer along with being a great defender while Brown is also a great defender on the wing. Do they completely fit on the offensive end? No, because they sometimes seem like they are taking turns to make sure both players are scoring the basketball. When the games do down to the fourth quarter, the Celtics are fully capable of having two All-NBA wings.
Smart is an elite defender as he can guard players that play any position in basketball. He can hold his own against most shooting guards and a lot of small forwards. Although he struggles to hit the 3-point shot consistently, he makes up for it with his stingy defense. His energy on the defensive end is a part of why the Celtics are a great defensive team.
Derrick White – X Factor
White can definitely be an X-factor as the sixth man for this team in the playoffs due to his offensive scoring punch to give Tatum and Brown a break. His 3-point shooting is not great, but his cutting to the basket and ball-handling skills are going to be crucial down the stretch.
Losing a guy like Williams for four to six weeks with a knee injury is a big blow for the team because of his defensive skills and finishing at the rim. Williams should return for the second round of the playoffs should the Celtics make it.
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