4 Celtics who are exceeding expectations, 2 underperforming at the All-Star break

These Celtics over or underperformed their expectations before the All-Star break. 

Boston Celtics, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum
Boston Celtics, Jrue Holiday, Jayson Tatum / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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Exceeding expectations: Jayson Tatum

Tatum has been one of the league’s best players this season, but it is the team’s success that earns him this nod. He was fifth in the latest MVP rankings and has taken his game to another level. The Celtics having four more victories than any team in the NBA at the All-Star break is even more impressive. They are seven wins clear of the Cavaliers, who sit second in the Eastern Conference.

Boston does not need Tatum to score 30 every night. He competes hard on both ends of the floor and is leading the best team in the NBA in scoring, rebounds, and assists each night. The 25-year-old can do it all, but he will not be judged on his regular season performance.

It is championship or bust for the Celtics. Can Tatum lift them over the hump and bring banner number 18 to Boston? He led the Cs to the NBA Finals in 2022 and is no stranger to playing massive playoff minutes. Expect Tatum to continue shining as his team makes another deep run.

Fans cannot miss the Boston Celtics this season. They have so much talent and firepower that every game could be a historic night, so stay tuned and enjoy the ride.