It’s hard to take much from the Boston Celtics’ October 30 win — one that featured a 126-107 final score — over an “awful team,” the Washington Wizards, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Nick Goss.
“There were several instances last season when the Boston Celtics played down to the competition and lost games to inferior opponents,” Goss prefaced before saying, “But they didn’t fool around Monday night in the nation’s capital. The Celtics came out on fire against the Washington Wizards and built a 42-19 lead after the first quarter. They even led 60-30 at one point in the second quarter. The C’s rested their starters in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided.
“It’s hard to take too much from this game. After all, the Wizards are an awful team and likely will be a top contender for the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. But it still was an impressive showing by the Celtics, who have started the 2023-24 campaign 3-0.”
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have idyllic nights for Boston Celtics
Given the money the Boston Celtics committed to Jaylen Brown, and the similarly enormous payday Jayson Tatum is about to get with his own supermax extension from the front office, it’s always nice to get superstar nights from the franchise pillars.
Boston’s first of two matchups from the nation’s capital did not disappoint for the duo, who combined for 69 points in 60 minutes of floor-time.
With double-digit scoring nights for both of Boston’s offseason acquisitions, Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday, eight assists from first-year starting point guard Derrick White, and Al Horford looking much improved after a lethargic start, this was an idyllic night for the Celtics.
Enough of these nights will result in the necessary confidence to march into the postseason knowing any opponent is surmountable, and Banner 18 is well within reach for the most talented roster in the league.