Celtics Blog 2017-

Post Trade Deadline.

Three Days of Glory: Part III.

By Tom Mahoney

Then after two nights of ecstasy, Jaylen "Friggin'" Brown then started the Eastern Conference Finals against LaBron. "So we're really lucky to be in this position because we've got a really good group of players that, I want to say older," Steven said. "We're not old, we're young in comparison to a lot of our competition. But I think one of the things that's been really good is that Jaylen has played because he adds value to winning. I think that that is something that you have to earn. It's been a great situation for us to see his growth, and it's been pretty evident." And he played extremely well. 

And this wasn't a 23-year old kid, like Larry was when he was a rookie. "Iím just trying to be aggressive," Brown said. "On offense, we needed a little spark. So Iím just trying to be aggressive, get to the basket and just trying to help out my team as much as possible." This was a barely out of his teens kid on the court going nose to nose with LaBron in the Eastern Conference finals. 

And he looked good, but it is tough to remember just how young he really is. "I was fired up for us," Brown said. "Fired up for the team. This is Game 7 Eastern Conference finals. Two years ago, I was just in high school. Itís an amazing feeling just being here. So I was super excited and Iím glad we pulled it off." He just turned 20.

He did not look overwhelmed going against LaBron. "I think heís a really good talent, and thatís why he was drafted so high," LaBron said. "Heís a strong kid. You can see he knows how to play the game. Boston definitely is enjoying all the picks that theyíre getting from the Nets the last few years." He was aggressive on offense, and was surprisingly good on defense. 

The only real news for Celtics fans in Game 1 against the Cavs is that Brown got his first NBA Playoff start. The only news that is more important is that he was terrific. In 20 minutes, he garnered 10-points, 9-rebounds, and an assist. And even more impressive news, in Game 7 against the Wizards and Game 1 against the Cavs Brown got about 20 minutes in each game, and averaged 9.5-Points and 6-Rebounds, and garnered 1 steal and 1 assist. 

In Steven's system, it is defense that is going to get him on the Court, and was he terrific on defense in Game One. He also made some really nice passes. He had one drop pass in the Paint (to Horford, I think;) that was as good as it gets. A transcendent player has to be able to share with his teammates and play aggressive defense, or they will not win squat. That is the difference between Banners and stat/fantasy players like Harden and Melo.

I thought the Celtics would win Game One, because of the rust factor. "I do think we have a chance," Wyc said. "Particularly because weíre starting out on home court tonight. Iím not going to predict it, but Iím going to hope for it." But I never thought they had a chance at the series.

Which is irrelevant, because this Series is about the young Celtics learning and stealing everything they can from the Cavs team about what it takes to be a Champion. "I just looked at something that said we average 25 years old, including Al Horford," Wyc said. "The other three [contenders] in the semifinals average 28-29 years old. Weíre four years younger than any other team thatís playing right now." The Cavs are the Playoff winning team that the young Celtics have to study obsessively.

Like MJ studied the Celtics back it the Day. "It's tough," Horford said. "That's easier said than done. I mean, you know, they pose those problems as a team. They can really spread you out and pick you apart. For us, it's just making sure that we're able to individually be able to guard the ball. And obviously be there to help. If we need to scramble, we'll scramble. But yeah, it's easier said than done. That's what makes them so tough. We feel like we have the group and we have depth that we can do a good job of that." The Cavs are giving the Celtics a crash course in real Finals Basketball.

Brown has to study everything that LaBron, the best basketball player in the world, is doing to lead the Cavs to Banner 2. "Iím not worried that Jaylen Brownís going to miss any windows," Wyk said. "The kid just turned 20. Iím worried that Iím going to miss his window. Iím 55." This series is all about Brown watching, studying, and imitating LaBron, and being a Champion.

At 20-years old, he has no idea what Championship basketball is, but he will after this series. "He played well," Crowder said. "I think when we went small, he was a key factor in being able to switch and play against everybody on their team on the perimeter. I feel like he will be key moving forward in Game 2. I think he brings a lot of athleticism to our team, and weíre going to use it against these guys." It starts with defense, smarts, toughness, and mean.

Brown showed that he had NBA talent in the last couple games against the Wizards. "I thought he played well, but I think it also was very evident that athletically he's just a special athlete," Stevens said. "He can do things that other guys can't do, whether it's offensive rebounding or getting to the basket or whatever the case may be. We need some of those things, so I would expect him to continue to play a large role for us in this series." This Cavs series is about Brown.

The Celts are not going to beat LaBron this year. So Stevens has to start Brown every game they get to play against the Cavs. What made Game 1 against the Cavs glorious is that Brown got his first start in an NBA Playoff game. Browns' first start was in the Eastern Conference finals. That is how Transcendent Players are made. They have to learn in the Playoff. They have to earned their bones in the Playoffs. It took LaBron seven years to get his first Banner.

Brown just got a great start at the experience it takes to learn Playoff meanness. LaBron was too nice when he was young, and had to learn that killer instinct from Wade. I think Brown has more mean than LaBron had at 19-20, but he might be too intellectual right now. So getting right up in LaBron's grill is a Graduate Course in Championship Basketball. He needs to study every second of every minute of this Series and what and how LaBron leads his teams to Banner 2.

He needs to incorporate his intellectual prowess with the cold hard LaBron killer instincts that he will witness this week. "The game plan was just to be ready," Brown said. "They send me clips, probably an hourís worth of clips, on LeBron. They send me a lot of Kyle Korver, J.R. ;Smith]. I mean, I was ready for everybody. Today it just felt like I was on LeBron a little bit more. Next game it might be somebody else. Whoever it is, you just gotta be ready." This Series is all about Brown studying up close and obsessively what LaBron does that makes him a Champion, and maybe develop into that Transcendent player in three or fours years, rather than the six or seven years it took Jordan and LaBron to hoist a Banner.

That is why this team and this situation is so advantageously important. "I'm ready for any challenge that anybody throws at me," Brown said. "We just gotta be better as team. Come out a little bit more and we'll be fine." He is also playing with young veterans who have finally learned how to win in the Playoffs, which neither LaBron or MJ had.

He is being trained in a winning Playoff atmosphere, which we pray hastens his move into transcendency. "He laces his shoes up like I lace mine up," Brown said about LeBron. "Trying to make it tough for him, I feel thatís my job." No. Your job is to learn from him how to become the Man in an NBA Final.

I don't mean to be disrespectful of the other Celtics. It is what it is. They used the 3rd pick in the Draft (and the 1st pick this year;) to garner guys who have the top chance to be a Superstar. It might not work. We have seen it crash and burn more than it has worked. Even LaBron had to flee Cleveland screaming to create a Big Three where he learned to be the Man from Wade. Then he went back to Cleveland and almost lost it last year. It is a very mysterious and complicated formula that turns young super-talents into Transcendent players, and crashes and burns so many others.

Right now Brown is the young Super-Talent getting the experience that could possibly turn him into a Larry, Magic, or LaBron. Or not. What I'm trying to say is that, like Magic, Brown was drafted onto a team with Veteran winners that can teach him what it take to win in the NBA. But like the Lakers in 1980, Magic learned from them during the season, but even though they had Nixon and Kareem Abdul Jabar, it was Magic who had the 42-points, 15-rebound, and 7-assists. When Kareem got injured and he had to play Center against Darryl Dawkins in the game that won the Banner.

This is what you want from the Celtic players. The veterans lead and develop the kids to the Playoffs. Then the kids win the Banner in the Finals. You win with Superstars in the Finals. I think you can place Isaiah in that category as well. But at his size, he is not going to last long, and every Round of the Playoffs gets tougher and more physical. 

This year the Celtics from top to bottom have to look at this Series as a Masters Class in what it takes to win a Banner. "Itís big for the Celtics," Brown said. "The team that finished first in the Eastern Conference, and now we have the potential to get the No. 1 pick in the draft. Thatís a credit to Danny Ainge and the staff upstairs. Itís going to be a bright future for the Celtics for a long time." They have the best seats in the house to see what all the Playoff Winning Veterans are doing. 

Winning in the Regular Season has almost nothing in common as winning in the Finals. "I was definitely watching LeBron in the Finals, Eastern Conference finals," Brown said. "And now, I could potentially be guarding him. It's a blessing to be here. But Iím more ready than Iíve ever been, and Iím ready for whatever challenge anybody throws at me right now." The Celtics can study that this week, and become Playoff veterans. Then they should all shake LaBron's hand, and thank him for the lessons after this Series is over.

George Butler: Part III.

By Tom Mahoney

This four part series is a little late, because I have been scouting. Which is what I do best. Danny was not talking trash when he said the top five picks were just about equal. And yes, the Celts will be drafting a Point Guard with their second Dynastic Pick. There has never, and I mean never been such a collection of PGs in the Draft like this before.

There are at least four Franchise changing point guards in this Draft. "Every draft is different," Ainge replied. "I think that sometimes you have the top One is better than other drafts, [and sometimes] the top two. This one is a little bit more equal in the top few picks of the draft as it appears right now. This is something that we're spending all our time [scouting on]. We have people all over the world evaluating this as we speak. So I think that at this point in time, I think that, yeah, there's four or five guys [sitting on top]. There's not a lot of separation at the top of this draft." Josh Jackson is also a wing who passes like a point guard, and my 4th ranked player in this Series.

He is the swing forward from Kansas, who actually reminds me of a better passing George, only without the great jumper. He also shows that great competitiveness that NBA players need, and reminds me of Jaylen Brown at Cal. He is a great defender, who has been forced to cover power forwards in the Post, and rebound in the paint.  Even though he is more point guard than Wing. He is a Wing that can allow teams to go small ball, because he can help cover power forwards. He is one the best passing Wings I have ever seen in college.

He has been compared to Wiggins. "Itís a fair comparison," Jay Bilas said. "[He] is more skilled with the ball and heís a better passer. And heís got a better feel for the game. Wiggins was a better shooter, although Josh is a pretty decent shooter. Heís better than I thought. Heís got a little hitch as he gets it up into his shooting pocket. But once it gets here itís good and he shoots a good ball. So heís gonna be fine." I don't by that at all.

He is a much different player than Wiggins. Wiggins was a great shooter. And Jackson is a great passer. "Heís the real thing," a scout said. "Heís gonna be good." Jackson struggles to score sometimes. Wiggins was a longer athlete. "Both are great athletes and special talents built for the game," a scout said. "Both have good offensive skill-sets at a relatively early age. They are good guys with an unlimited future." Jackson is more of a stout athlete who can cover much bigger guys.

Wiggins was a smooth scorer his one year in college. "Jackson will get better as the year continues," a scout said. "Heís still a top-5 pick regardless of his inconsistent shooting." Jackson's lack of scoring touch should keep him out of the top four picks.

Jackson is a rare talent, who can look like he can do everything you want on the court. Elite passer for a swing forward. Which means he fits the criteria of a Superstar. Like I said earlier, the NBA Superstars are like an NFL QB. And like an NFL QBs he has to be able to be the primary ball handler, like LaBron, and win. It is very difficult to dominate in the NBA without the ball in your hands. Johnson is a Wing who can be the primary ball handler. I placed him 5th, because his jumper is not at the buzzer beater level yet. He can tighten up at the end of games and miss shots.

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Third is Dennis Smith. "Best point guard in the draft," one scout said. "He has the opportunity to be an All-Star in the future. You rarely see college guys with such a killer instinct." He tore his ACL in 2015, and his potential came into question.

Dennis Smith is the PG from NC ST. He is a phenomenal talent. Great quick twitch point guard. I like his shooting mechanics the best, and he is a stone cold killer on the court. He also is the best fastball passer of the PGs, which often translates better to the NBA. Though all five players are great passers. 

I put him third because he is the smallest. "Fultz, with his shot-making has the advantage," an exec said. "But Ball has better leadership qualities. The kid is special. He'll be a success in our league, a la Jason Kidd. Smith has the tools. My concern is, can he lead, as the other two can lead better today? Smith is more quiet and moody." There are times when he looks like the best pure basketball player of the four, but at 6-2 he will have more limitations in the NBA than the other three.

He sometimes forgets to play defense. "I think Dennis legitimately," his HC Mark Gottfried said, "realistically, is the kind of player with a great year that could be the No. 1 pick in the draft." But he took some heat for looking a little lackluster in his performance against Louisville, as though a freshman should be the model of consistency in anything.

He tore his ACL just 17 or 18 months ago, but oddly struck up a friendship with Markelle Fultz as a result. "I remember asking, 'Whoís this guy on my team?'" Smith said. "Heís nice. Of course being on the same team, we started talking. We clicked before anyone knew he was that good. We were then playing on the same team in Los Angeles, when I tore my ACL." They have helped each other through the stressful times of the past year and half.

They played on the same Adidas Nations Team. "Thatís my brother," Smith said. "Iím proud of him, all the way. We can talk, relate so much as to whatís going on with us now." He was the 5th leading scorer in the ACC with 18.7 PPG, 6.3 APG, 2 SPG, 4.3 RPG, and 3.4 TOPG. 

Excellent shooter and scorer, but he can lay down a nice bounce pass to his big in the paint. "I knew about him but he didnít know about me," Fultz said. "I had a lot of respect for him." Nice pick and roll pass to his Big rolling down the lane. He has some elite suddenness in his shoulders. 

He can slash to the left, and then throw the high lop pass to his Big cutting to the rim. Terrific eyes.  "I think the way we play basketball and how competitive we are, it's pretty much like we challenge each other," Fultz said. "We go at each other all the time. Weíre both struggling this season, but our teams are both better than what people say. We go back at each other with how he scores, how people try to stop me in transition. Weíd beat his team, no doubt. Easy. And with us guarding each other, heís not going to stop me. I get on him a lot for that. I say, 'Dennis, whoís going to stop me on this team?' [He's] a so-called lockdown defender. Heís a good defender, but thereís no way heís guarding me." Nice job going left and spotting his shooter in the corner and hitting him.

Nice crossover exploding to the hole righty. "From an instinctive standpoint, he has that rare basketball savvy that very seldom comes along with a player his age," FLA St coach Hamilton said. "Guys with his kind of ability come once in a decade. He has the whole package: the strength, the quickness, the speed, the ability to create his shot, create for others and athletic enough to take it to the basket and finish on top of you." He is great at hanging in the air to let the Big fall, and then swing the ball around under him to score.

Even opponent players respect his talent. "He has everything and can do everything," FLA ST SF Terrance Mann said. "He can: pass the ball, can score, heís fast, can shoot. There are no gaps in his game. Iíve told NBA people if you pass on him, youíre going to make a mistake, period." Very tricky dribbler. He gets so low while dribbling that it is impossible to steal his dribble

He exploded with brilliance against Duke. "Look at his numbers. Look what heís done. Heís played different types of games," Gottfried said. "Heís had two triple-doubles. First time in the history of the league in league competition. Think about how many good players have played in this conference as freshman. You look at his numbers across the board, his shooting percentages, his steals, all of it. If I was an NBA franchise Iíd build my future around him." He has astounding basketball instinct and plays the fastest, quickest, and twitchiest of all the top PG. 

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Frank Ntilikina might turn out to be best of the four. He is the freak Euro kid who reminds me a Giannis Antetokounmpo. "Yes, he said, he was learning to use his prodigious wingspan, measured at around seven feet, to disturb opposing players, eliminating passing angles and making them think twice about shooting," NY Times write Keh said. "And no, he said, he would not allow his circumstances, preparing for the draft [and] facing limited minutes on his team, to disturb him." At 6-6/6-5 and a 7-foot Wingspan, he is still growing.

Though Ntilikina is a pure PG in France, and Giannis was a pure SF in Greece. He is 6-6 with long spider arms that almost touch the ground (and he knows how to use them on defense). And at 18-years old his is still growing and learning from some of the best fundamental coaches in the world. Nice handle. He has some moves with his dribble. Very nice size. He towers over defenders at PG. He can stop and go with his dribble and get to the hoop with a floater. 

Though it is a little worrisome that he considers energy a weakness. "What I can improve?" Ntilikina said. "My aggressiveness to the rim, my energy." He is playing with more minutes with solid efforts this year. 

He plays in a higher league in France. "It was not just luck," Ntilikina said. "My teammates gave me confidence, and my coach, too. I had to take care of my responsibility to get the win." He is learning to be a leader as he goes against grown men.

He has to be more assertive on the court to play PG. "Heíll tell me, 'I have that [assertiveness] inside," coach of the French National team Collet said. "I tell him: ĎDonít keep that inside. Show it." France is not the top League in Europe (Spanish ABC and Euroleague are considered the top two), but French League players have been playing well in the NBA recently.

He will show his age sometimes, and over dribble around aimlessly and throw up a wacky jumper which you don't see a lot from Euros. "Frank doesn't have a ceiling," an American playing with Frank, and ex-teammate of LaBron, Romeo Travis said. "He has everything: He has height, athleticism, ball-handing. He can shoot. So I'm just trying to give him that push, that confidence that he can be anything he wants to be." I love the way he plays defense at his size and length.

Nice hands on defense. "I think his defense is worth a mention," an anonymous scout said. "He has the chance to be a lockdown defender. I saw him in a game against Orleans this year, and he had a very impressive defensive game. He was everywhere, switched on almost everybody and helped his team to steal at least 4-5 balls." Nice long arms that he uses to defend in the lane. 

He can cover much bigger guys as well. "If I have to make a comparison," a scout said. "I'd say that Ntilikina may be like a taller Dennis Schroeder." Nice job grabbing the rebound and leading the break. 

He sees the slashers on the break and advances the ball consistently. "If he were playing at Kentucky or Duke, heíd be in the mix for the No. 1 pick," an anonymous scout said. "If you are picking in the top five and need a point guard, Iím not sure you can go wrong with any of these guys." Elite athlete. 

Great long arms that he can reach out, when his man is passing, and steal the ball. "He can shoot the ball really well," a scout said. "His mechanics are good. He also has great length for a PG, which may allow him to move and play some minutes as SG or SF. He just can contribute in so many ways." Terrific driving into the paint, and stopping as he draws in a big, then dishing under him to a cutting teammate.

He could be another player the Celts stash in Europe for a year or two as they figure out their over abundance of picks and assets. "Maybe this is the best draft we have seen recently given to how many talented point guards it has," a scout said. "Guys like Fultz,  Ball, Fox and  Smith are all very good. I think that Frank would be a top-3 pick if he waits another year. But this year I have him as a top-10 pick" I think he is a top 4 pick this year, but he might be more potential then the other top five players right now. Frank Ntilikina vs Aris - 07/02/2017 - FIBA Champions league.

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Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

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