Last season, the Boston Celtics saw their first quarter-final exit in five years, as they were beaten in just five games by division rivals the Brooklyn Nets.
This time around, the Clubs are looking for redemption, as they have eyes for one thing only: to hoist the No. 18 banner into the rafters of TD Garden.
Judging by the way things are currently going for the ball club, it looks like they actually have a good chance of achieving that luxurious goal at the end of 2021-22.
In 81 games played, Boston find themselves with a stellar 50-31 record, good enough for the third-best rating in the Eastern Conference standings, and in their last 40 games, they’ve managed to pick up 30 wins. stellar. , rocking them into this year’s playoffs with incredible momentum.
At full strength and when perfectly timed, this Celtics team really does look like a legitimate title contender for the 2022 Larry O’Brien Trophy, and, if all goes well, they could bring it back to eastern Massachusetts. later this spring.
Now, while most of the attention may be on the likes of the franchise’s cornerstones Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown As for the players who will serve as driving forces in any potential championship push, there are several other people found on the roster who could prove to have just as big an impact on the team’s aspirations as the star wings. aforementioned and, of that group, at HH we believe there are 3, in particular, that will make or break Boston’s championship potential:
Boston Celtics No. 1 player) Derrick White
With his defensive instincts, high basketball IQ and impressive distribution abilities, the 27-year-old is apparently a fantastic candidate for this two-way C team, and, just in the two months he has past Boston, the guard has already made his way to becoming an integral part of the team’s rotation.
It’s because of his lucrative involvement in Ime Udoka’s program that we think the fifth-year veteran should definitely be considered a game changer for the Celtics.
In 25 games played with the ball club, White finds himself heavily utilized in a number of areas, particularly in the goalscoring department where he ranks fourth in field goal attempts (9.0) and field goal attempts. 3 points (4.3).
Unfortunately, despite so many shots, we see the former Spur rank in the bottom two in conversion percentage among those who have logged over 600 minutes on the year.
Even with all of its positive attributes, given its type of volume, this success rate is far from a recipe for long-term success.
Lately, it looks like Derrick White has been able to find his shot and, in turn, is posting solid averages of 13.2 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds on 45.5% shooting since the start. ground and 43.9% shots from deep. while playing a major role in the team’s 7-3 record during this streak which, by any measure, is a sign of positive progress.
If he can maintain that level of play and efficiency in the playoffs, the Celtics are sure to be a much tougher opponent on both ends of the court.