I remember what seemed so long ago many people, including myself, thought that the Celtics season could be in jeopardy with the injury to Gordon Hayward. Well, fast forward to today, and Kyrie has single-handedly taken over the NBA. The Celtics are sitting at 21-4 after a 111-100 win over the Bucks, which is good enough for the best record in the NBA.
Everyone knew Kyrie was good, but now he is playing now is on another level. He’s finally free of his toxic former relationships (Lebron) & playing how Kyrie would be given the opportunity to be that guy.
Tonight, Kyrie scored another 32 points and while the assists numbers aren’t there he has proven to take over games when needed, and that’s exactly what the Celtics need. Back in late November when the Celtics were on their long winning streak, there were stats released on how good Kyrie actually was in the clutch so far this season. Those numbers are unheard of. He was 24-39 which comes out to 62% shooting, he scored 65 points, had 10 assists and 0 turnovers. That is the literal definition of clutch if you ask me. Those numbers, one can assume, have only gone up since those were released.
On the season, Kyrie is averaging 23.5 points per game and is having himself quite the MVP type season so far.
Of course, Kyrie hasn’t been the only one. Tonight the Celtics got major contributions from Al Horford and Jayson Tatum as it seems like they do all the time. Al Horford continues to prove that he is one of the key parts of this Celtics team. He went for 20 points tonight along with 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Jayson Tatum added to his rookie of the year campaign by adding 17 points and 6 rebounds tonight. The rookie has now scored 10+ points in 13 straight games, which is unheard of from a rookie in the Celtics organization. He also leads ALL OF THE NBA, not just rookies in 3-pt percentage at 52% which is incredible.
This Celtics team continues to prove that they could be REAL contenders for an NBA championship this year.