On Sunday, the Boston Celtics delighted fans during Fan Appreciation Day at TD Garden:
—Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 3, 2022
Boston’s 144 points were the most for the team in any home game this season.
The Celtics also moved into second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Boston is only two games away from the Miami Heat.
It was overall a very good performance from a Celtics team that has won two games in a row.
The miniature winning streak came after back-to-back losses.
Each of the four games came without center Robert Williams III.
Williams, who is developing into a potential All-Star, has been the main inside man for the team’s defense this season.
However, the Celtics are showing signs of being able to play without him.
The last home game of the season for the Celtics was on Sunday.
As a team, the Celtics had 23 shots from downtown.
Jaylen Brown was on fire early and often as he went for a game-high 32 points.
The bench has also become large:
A franchise record at 15 three on the bench 👌🔥 pic.twitter.com/8docThrTKn
—Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 4, 2022
It was great for Celtics fans to see their team send off the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards, who are destined for the lottery.
Now the question will be whether they can play well against playoff opponents without him.
Will the Celtics’ strong play continue?
Brown finds his shot, and he scores impressively:
- 28 points on March 30
- 32 points on April 1
- 32 points on April 3
These three performances were tops.
It’s very important that the Celtics’ second fiddle is a perfect running mate with Jayson Tatum.
Tatum was a three-time winner of the Player of the Week award in March.
It looks like Brown may be trying to recapture April.
Both players look very strong at this time of year.
It will be very important for a Celtics team that looks like a championship contender.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, the Celtics 49-30 have an NBA-leading 31% chance of winning the championship.
The second-best team is the team with the best record in the league, the Phoenix Suns 62-16 (21% chance).
Phoenix has the NBA’s best point differential at +7.7.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are atop the Eastern Conference with +6.9.
Much of this information points to solid play for the Celtics, but nothing is certain.
Boston is a great team, but can the Cs stay healthy?
If the Celtics have their starting roster, they have a decent chance.
For those interested, here’s how the Celtics fared with their most dominant starting lineup:
- Starting lineup: Tatum, Brown, Horford, Smart and Williams
- 27-7 record
- .794 winning percentage
No other starting lineup has more than four wins together.
Additionally, among the team’s current players, the most common next line-up has only four starts together.
This Celtics team plays basketball as a team.
On Fan Appreciation Day, C’s fans enjoyed the concept of team basketball.
It’s like the green teams of yore, and many generations of Celtics fans are excited about what’s to come for the young core.