The Boston Celtics’ preseason came to and end on Friday night with a 21-point loss to the Miami Heat.
The game ended with a score of 121-100 but the Celtics have plenty of positives to take away from the game. The game felt like it was taking place during the regular season because both teams played with high energy and the key players for the bulk of the game.
Ime Udoka entered this preseason with plenty of questions about his roster but fans have reason to believe he’ll exit it with plenty of answers.
Here are 3 takeaways for the Celtics as they prepare for their season opener in New York:
Boston Celtics Takeaway #1: Dennis Schröder adds new dimension to Cs offense
Schröder had a strong preseason outing and finished it off with a solid performance versus the Heat.
He finished with 13 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals, and one block. His stats aren’t eye popping but his contribution went well beyond the box score.
The Boston Celtics guard was able to break down his defenders and get to the basket which led to many open looks for his teammates. There were two instances in the first half where Schöder displayed his playmaking ability which should excite Celtics fans for what he can offer this season.
This first play shows that he will be a threat in the pick and roll because of his ability to read the defense and make the right pass:
The second play shows his ability to beat his defenders off the dribble which causes the defense to collapse, and he responds by finding the open man for an easy dunk:
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s offensive games are exceptional, but they do not directly make things easier on one another in the half court. That’s where Schröder comes in to add the new dimension to the C’s offense.
His ability to be the primary playmaker while still being a reliable scoring option will allow Tatum and Brown to operate off the ball more and do less work trying to create their own offense.
If Schröder can continue to be efficient in his scoring and playmaking during the season, this Boston Celtics offense could be among the league’s best.