Boston Celtics put the Toronto Raptors, NBA on notice: 3 things they proved

Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics Daniel Theis (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics Daniel Theis (Photo by Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images) /

The Boston Celtics offensive firepower is scary.

The Boston Celtics can score with anyone in the league.

Following a 149-point output against the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics showed off more of that offensive explosiveness against a defensively efficiency Toronto Raptors team in the 122-100 victory Friday night.

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Again, led by Jaylen Brown and his 20 points, the Celtics had four players who scored 15 points or more in the game and one of them wasn’t even one of the team’s top four scorers in Brad Wanamaker.

With Brown and Gordon Hayward getting the team off to a good start offensively to start the game, it was encouraging to see the Boston Celtics ability to jump out ahead of teams without either Jayson Tatum or Kemba Walker coming out gunning.

Part of that is due to the team’s ball movement and finding the open guy.  Though they do go through scoring droughts at times, which can be one of their flaws, spacing the floor and creating opportunities for their playmakers has been on display these last couple of games.

Daniel Theis opens a new dimension for the Boston Celtics

We all know what Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and a healthy Kemba Walker can do, but what makes this offense extra scary is when a player like Daniel Theis is contributing offensively as well.

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The big man has the ability to stretch the floor with his ability to knock down the three.  That ability to be a threat opens the floor for their scorers and makes the team even harder to defend.

"“I think it’s important he’s a threat.  He balances it really well,” Brad Stevens said of Theis, who scored 11 points on the night.  “He doesn’t chuck all night.  He picks and chooses the right ones he is more than capable of making it but he also knows when to flip it to a guard that is behind him and the guard ends up getting the shot because no one is on Theis.”"

With knock down shooters the Boston Celtics have, a big who is able to stretch the floor and make the right decisions like Daniel Theis has been doing is an underrated factor for Brad Stevens and his team, but a factor that can absolutely take them very far in the postseason.