CBS Sports' James Herbert sees the Boston Celtics as a team with a Jrue Holiday-related luxury that really speaks to the entire starting lineup: no one is worried about the number of shots they get, so long as the team is winning.
"The Celtics aren't head and shoulders over the competition or anything, but they've been the best team in the NBA this season," Herbert prefaced before saying, "There's no good way to guard their starting five, and they don't give you any weak defenders to pick on. Porzingis hasn't even shot well from deep (35%), but the threat of his quick-release 3s has proven extremely powerful. The turnovers have decreased as the season has gone along and they're starting to get to the line a bit more, so it's getting harder to find reasons to concern-troll them.
"It's kind of crazy that Jrue Holiday is on this team, averaging a modest 13 points, seeming not the least bit fussed about whether he takes seven or 17 shots (and whether he defends one of the league's quickest guards, most skilled wings or most powerful bigs). What a luxury."
Jrue Holiday's view on his sacrifices on Boston Celtics this season
Holiday isn't overly concerned about being deemed by Kristaps Porzingis as the Celtic sacrificing the most during the 2023-24 season; casually explaining why he takes on different roles on this team for head coach Joe Mazzulla.
"Am I? I mean, yeah, based off of where I came from," Holiday said (h/t Inside The Celtics). "But that was a different team with different needs and what they needed out of me. This team, what they need out of me is for me to be solid. For me to be open to different types of strategies and situations every single game, where I might be guarding a big, or I might be on a small, or a big might be on me; there's so many different scenarios."
As long as Holiday is willing, and even gladly, ready to make these sacrifices, Boston will be in a position to win it all with its balanced roster.