The ‘gap is massive’ on offense between the Boston Celtics and the rest of the NBA

Are the Boston Celtics the NBA’s best offensive team in the early going of the 2022-23 NBA season?

Are the Boston Celtics the NBA’s best offensive team in the early going of the 2022-23 NBA season? According to NBC Sports Boston’s Michael Holley and Mike Felger on the regular “Let’s Roll” segment put together by the New England sports broadcaster, the race is not much of one, with the Celtics lapping the competition.

Per the duo of NBA analysts, the race to be the best in the league is not a close one, with the gap between the Celtics looking more like a chasm due to the ball club’s historic offense under interim head coach Joe Mazzulla as the pair spoke about Boston’s fortunes to start off their revenge tour after losing the 2022 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Let’s take a look in the clip embedded below at what Felger and Holley had to say about the Celtics’ red-hot start to their 2022-23 campaign.

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The evolution of Marcus Smart as a guard for the Boston Celtics

Once he got the reigns to man the point for the Celtics, the Flower Mound native transformed his game.

Season after season with the Boston Celtics after being drafted out of Oklahoma State by the storied ball club in 2013, veteran Celtics point guard Marcus Smart has always had another, more decorated floor general ahead of him in the pecking order until last season.

Once he got the reigns to man the point for the Celtics, the Flower Mound native transformed his game to become a prototypical pass-first maestro at the 1, with Boston’s offense hitting historic levels as a partial result. How has the Texan guard’s game changed over the years as he has had to adapt tp the structure of the Celtics’ roster?

The hosts of the CLNS Media “Garden Report” podcast sat down to talk it over on a recent episode following a win over the Washington Wizards.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what they had to say.

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Robert WIlliams III is expected back on the court for the Boston Celtics by Christmas

Earlier this week, Timelord began scrimmaging, too.

Now that starting Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams III has gotten back on the court with his teammates to scrimmage and ramp up his play before making a return to an actual NBA basketball game, it is only a matter of time before the Texas A&M alum begins to make opposing offenses fret when finding themselves switched onto him.

Swiftly approaching the latter part of the eight-to-twelve week window cited by the ball club on breaking the news about his recovery time from an arthroscopic cleanup surgery announced at the end of the 2022 offseason, fans will see Williams playing again soon.

Take a look at the clip embedded below to hear what the hosts of the “Garden Report” podcast had to say about how his return will change the best team in basketball on a recent episode.

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How are the Boston Celtics this good after such a rough start to their season?

Somehow the Celtics are not only thriving but in pole position as the NBA’s top team in terms of record.

At the start of the 2022-23 NBA season, the Boston Celtics found themselves reeling from the yearlong suspension of their head coach Ime Udoka, waiting for their starting center Robert Williams III to return from arthroscopic surgery, and facing a regular season without newly-signed veteran forward Danilo Gallinari.

Fast forward a little over a month, and somehow the Celtics are not only thriving but in pole position as the NBA’s top team in terms of record. Driven by a historic offense put together by Mazzulla’s coaching staff and the players, Boston is now feared around the league and looking every bit the contender some worried they might not be at the start of the season.

Given all they went through, how are the Celtics this good?

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what the folks at the Swish Central YouTube channel had to say.

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Could Robert WIlliams III return on the Boston Celtics’ road trip?

At present, there is anticipation he will be ready to play again before Christmas, but the exact date has yet to be nailed down in public.

Fans of the Boston Celtics have been patiently waiting for the return to action of their starting center, big man Robert Williams III. Waylaid as he recovers from arthroscopic cleanup surgery conducted late in the 2022 NBA offseason on the same knee he tore his meniscus in at the end of the 2021-22 regular season, Timelord is reportedly getting close to being ready to get back on the court.

At present, there is anticipation he will be ready to play again before Christmas, but the exact date has yet to be nailed down in public, presumably to keep the pressure off of the Texas A&M alum. But there is a real chance Williams might return while Boston is on their current extended road trip.

The hosts of the CLNS Media “Garden Report” podcast recently sat down to talk about the possibility.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to get their views on Timelord’s return.

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Nia Long upset with Celtics over Ime Udoka scandal; could they have done things differently?

It is unclear if the Celtics were in a position to do anything differently given the fraught legal landscape of the situation.

Actress Nia Long re-awoke discussion of the scandal engulfing Ime Udoka — her then-partner and head coach of the Boston Celtics — when she recently granted an interview that touched on her experience during the unfolding of the scandal that saw Udoka suspended by the team for a year with little chance of his returning to the team afterward.

Long highlighted how the media circus impacted her and her son Kez’s lives and claimed that the Celtics did not reach out to her, but it is unclear whether Boston would have been able to from a legal perspective, which was a topic of conversation on a recent episode of NBC’s “Brother from Another” show.

That doesn’t mean things might not have been handled better overall, perhaps, but the cloud of uncertainty still hanging over the situation makes things very opaque even now.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what the hosts had to say.

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On the Boston Celtics’ strong start, and Jayson Tatum’s MVP odds

What is driving the St. Louis native to perform so consistently at such a high level?

With the 2022-23 NBA season roughly a quarter way done, the Boston Celtics are the top team in the league and much of the credit can be handed to superstar forward Jayson Tatum’s Most Valuable Player-worthy level of play.

What is driving the St. Louis native to perform so consistently at such a high level? How is it making the Celtics’ offense not only top in the league but the greatest in the history of the NBA to date? And the question on the lips of fans and analysts of the Celtics as much as it is their opponents — is this kind of play truly sustainable for Boston?

The hosts of the “Hoopsology” podcast recently linked up with XCLNS Media’s Adam Kaufman to talk it over along with several other related topics.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what the trio had to say.

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Are Boston Celtics better than last year going all-in on offense?

They say defense wins championships, but what about historic offenses?

They say defense wins championships, but despite having a league-leading defense for much of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Boston Celtics fell short of an NBA title by two wins. Now, to start off their 2022-23 campaign, the Celtics have flipped the script on last season by taking it a step further in an entirely new direction by putting together a historically dominant offense.

Their top-ranked defense has taken a hit as a result, now a middling defense on most nights. But in exchange for the shift in focus under interim head coach Joe Mazzulla, Boston has since become the hottest team in the league in the early going of this season.

To talk over the shift, Chris Mannix, Brian Scalabrine, and Chris Herring got together on the latest episode of The Volume’s YouTube Channel podcast “3 Points with Chris Mannix”.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what they had to say.

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Just how effective is Boston Celtics big man Luke Kornet’s unorthodox ‘eclipse’ defense?

The answer might surprise you.

At first people chuckled when they saw it, but then they took a closer look, and on so doing, it is looking increasngly like the “Kornet Kontest,” “Korntest,” or as the man Luke himself calls it, the “eclipse,” is actually very effective at styming an opponent’s shot from beyond the arc.

Luke Kornet’s unusual perimeter defense approach he has deployed this season with the Boston Celtics actually has an interesting origin story from the Vanderbilt alum’s first stint with the team under then-head coach Brad Stevens. Kornet has since put his own spin on the execution of the unorthodox defense, which some of since shown to be fairly effective.

One such analyst is the author of the “Heat Check” YouTube channel’s videos.

Take a look at the clip embedded above to hear what they had to say.

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Jaylen Brown highlights: Boston Celtics wing gets 37 points, 14 boards in OT Heat loss

It might not have been enough to get Boston over the hump in the end against a determined Miami ball club, but it did underscore that Brown’s ascension to the 10th spot in this year’s MVP race is no anomaly.

The Boston Celtics might have lost their home game against the Miami Heat 120-116 on Thursday, but if anyone on the Celtics’ roster is blameless in that fact, it was star wing Jaylen Brown. The Georgia native almost single-handedly willed the Celtics to a win, forcing overtime with a clutch last-second shot.

Brown put up a season-high 37 points along with 14 rebounds (not far from a career-high as well), and 5 assists with 5 turnovers and just 2 personal fouls, shooting 12-of-23 from the field, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, and anear-perfect 8-of-9 from the charity stripe in the loss.

It might not have been enough to get Boston over the hump in the end against a determined Miami ball club, but it did underscore that Brown’s ascension to the 10th spot in this year’s MVP race is no anomaly.

To see the highlights of his game against the Heat for yourself, take a look at the clip embedded above, put together by the Tomasz Kordylewski YouTube channel.

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