Boston Celtics: 1 stud and 1 dud from C’s blowout win against Nuggets

DENVER, CO - MARCH 20: Austin Rivers #25 of the Denver Nuggets defends Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics at Ball Arena on March 20, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 20: Austin Rivers #25 of the Denver Nuggets defends Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics at Ball Arena on March 20, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images) /
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The Boston Celtics have been out west since March 16th, and Sunday night marked the third game of their late-season road trip as they played the role of visitors against the Nuggets.

Ultimately, Denver and the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Nikola Jokic, proved to be no match for Boston and their own dark-horse MVP candidate, Jayson Tatum, as the shamrocks went on to dominate in the Mile High City, winning by a final score of 124-104.

With this, they are now 3-0 during their current west coast trip, 10-2 over their last 12 contests, and, with an overall record of 43-28, are one step closer to officially nabbing a postseason berth.

Right from the jump, the C’s were performing like a well-oiled machine on both ends of the floor, dropping 33 points in the first period on a highly efficient 61 percent shooting from the floor and 44 percent shooting from deep while seeing Denver putting up a trailing 27 points on 41 percent shooting from the field and a less-than-desirable 30 percent shooting from deep.

Things would only get more lopsided from there on out, as the Nuggets saw themselves trailing by 25 heading into halftime (68-43) and, ultimately, losing the contest by 20.

As a whole, the Boston Celtics played like the picture-perfect version of how any championship squad should aspire to perform, with Sean Grande going as far as to say “they’re not a team, they’re a show.”

As a collective, Ime Udoka’s squad finished with 33 boards, six blocks, shooting splits of 57.3/47.5/100, and an impressive eight players who managed to log 20+ points.

There were an unbelievable amount of Boston Celtics players who stood out on the hardwood at Ball Arena and, today, we at HH will pinpoint 1 stud and 1 dud from Sunday night’s blowout win over the Denver Nuggets: