3 key differences for the Boston Celtics in this year’s Nets playoff series

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard (11) Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

Difference No. 3: The Boston Celtics have a better supporting cast

The Celtics also have a much better supporting cast this year than they did in last year’s playoffs. Al Horford and Daniel Theis being back in the mix has resulted in some amazing defensive play for the Celtics big man rotation, especially with the “Time Lord” currently missing in action.

Marcus Smart has become the point guard we all have been waiting for him to become. He’s not forcing shots as much as he used to under Stevens watch, and he’s taken a significant step forward as a playmaker. Robert Williams has been great all season defending the paint, and will hopefully continue to do so if he can return from his injury before the season’s end.

The bench has also gotten great production from guards Derrick White and Payton Pritchard, along with forward Grant Williams. The supporting cast as a whole has been terrific for the Celtics all season long. Now it’s whether or not they can be consistent with the playoffs upon us.

In Conclusion

This Celtics team looks way different than last year. A healthy Jaylen Brown, a new head coach in Ime Udoka, and a better supporting cast will do that for any team. The question remains whether they can beat the Nets in a seven game series?

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The answer is yes, they can, and they should considering they have jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Can they make runs for years to come? Potentially, if everything breaks the right way for them. For now, I’m enjoying this Celtics playoff run much more than last year. I hope all other Celtics fans are doing the same.