Boston Celtics currently have the best record in the table with 11 wins and 3 losses. The are on a seven-games winning streak and Jayson Tatum is at his best level.
To bounce back from losing the NBA Finals can be complicated. It can even make yourself to rethink your identity as a franchise, the structure of the roster or even the hierarchy within the locker-room. However, it can also be exact the opposite, as it is the case of the Boston Celtics, who have the biggest winning percentage in the entire league by November.
One of the keys of this team is that every single player understands his role on the court and so they complement each other. Halfway last season with Udoka under charge, they started to create that competitive spirit that reached its peak in the Playoffs. The series against the Milwaukee Bucks, the current champions by then, will always be remembered.
The defeat against the Golden State Warriors brought up an unknown that has been faded away almost instantly. Not even the absence of the key defensive player of the team, Robert Williams, due to an injury or the suspension for coach Udoka have decentralize them. They keep having the exact same winning identity.
Tatum chases the MVP Award:
Jayson Tatum was targeted after the Finals. He did not show up to the most important moment. This season he keeps growing and proving just like in the previous seasons that he is a top level star. He averages 31.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Jaylen Brown has also started the new season at his best. He averages 25.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists with decisive games such as the last one against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he scored 26 points in order to complete the comeback and put his team on top of the table. The ‘Jays’ are the best duo in the NBA.
Marcus Smart must be added to the excellent shape from Tatum and Brown in order to complete the Big-Three. Other players such as Grant Williams and the veteran Al Horford are also vital. From the bench, Derrick White and Pritchard top off a short but effective rotation.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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