The Boston Celtics bounced in a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers after blowing a 19-point lead to them just two nights ago.
Dennis Schroder iced the game in the fourth quarter with a nice sequence of three straight plays. He scored or assisted on six straight points to give Boston a lead, and also knocked down two clutch free throws to put the Cavs away for good.
Schroder is looking like one of the best free-agent signings of the off-season. In terms of what he’s making relative to his play, he can easily be considered the most valuable off-season pickup for such a cheap price.
Jayson Tatum put together a solid performance scoring 23 points, grabbing eight rebounds, dished out five assists, blocking two shots, and recording one steal.
Unfortunately for Tatum, he was unable to shoot efficiently which has been normal for him all season.
Along with Tatum, the Celtics’ offense felt lackluster once again but their defense is beginning to feel like the real deal.
In their last seven games, they are only giving up 92 points per game and have finished 5-2 during the stretch. If the defense continues to clamp down on teams like they have been, the Celtics will have a top-five defense in the league easily.
If the offense can start to pick it up and the defense maintains this level, the Celtics can legitimately be regarded as a top team in the conference. It is still far too early to tell where this team will end up but the Celtics are definitely trending upward after a slow start to the season.
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