That is not to say Kyrie is on Lebron's level overall, but he can definitely match his scoring. Through the draft, trades, and free agency, Boston acquired eleven new players*. "(We get to) to go out there and show 'em a good time, and have a great, competitive game, which they obviously don't get". On the back on Kyrie Irving, the Celtics have all the looks of a true contender. Simmons returned and immediately assisted on a Robert Covington three to force another Stevens timeout with the lead at 18 points. There are nights were Boston needs him to take over, and he does.
Recent weeks have seen Toronto build a five game winning streak - snapped only by a freakish last second play in their last game, an 89-90 loss to the improving Heat - that included two big wins over Milwaukee where they scored over 128 points in each game.
It was only fitting that for the NBA's eighth annual London Game, the league presented to the enthusiastic English and European hoop heads a match-up loaded with foreign-born talent. He is Jayson Tatum.
It is great to see the Celtics once again turn around a performance. As his confidence has increased, he has begun to attack the basket with a newfound ferocity.
Morris seemed a little upset even after the game.
For the first time since its debut in 2011, the National Basketball Association have sent over two heavyweight teams and with them come big name players such as Celtics' Kyrie Irving.
Baynes has effectively taken over the role of Amir Johnson, who signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason.
Olivier Giroud, Sead Kolasinac and Rob Holding made sure the Gunners were the most represented team on the night. They now lead the league in games played with 43, two more than the next closest team. He's a master of defending without fouling - going straight up with this hands in the air. The result is an bad lot of plays that look like this from Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets. Seeing how Premier League players have received their National Basketball Association counterparts, and vice versa, over the last week has been pretty cool. Huge defensive plays. The baseline dunk against Brooklyn. Just trying to make him uncomfortable. Philadelphia shooting 60% from three.
The Celtics looked brutal out there, and then Tatum turned things up a notch.
For NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, London stands as a sort of entryway to Europe, people flock from all over the continent to come to the game. He's a cagey defender and a crafty ball handler. The talent pool is too deep to do them simultaneously, and learnings from one end help substantiate learnings on the other.
But we can collectively forgive Jaylen Brown because he pulled off the move in the most badass possible way Thursday afternoon.
Much like Ojeyele, Nader has had a couple opportunities to play meaningful minutes.
Tatum has been excellent all season long, and there is nothing to suggest that he will not continue to impress, but it will be increasingly more hard to place what his impact means for the Celtics until Hayward comes back and is fully healthy and fully ingrained into the system.