Game Three Focus: How Brad Stevens’ Exploited A Miami Weakness

By Matt Esposito After the Boston Celtics Game Two implosion, you did not have to search far to find shamrock fans sharpening their pitchforks. The mob was out for coach Brad Stevens, mostly for his failure to call a third quarter timeout and some personnel decisions. My own analysis found the players guilty of notContinue reading “Game Three Focus: How Brad Stevens’ Exploited A Miami Weakness”

Film Review: Why Jaylen Brown Was Upset After Game Two

by Matt Esposito When I was 19, my podiatrist botched an attempt to remove an in-grown toenail. Pain ensued. Games One and Two of the Eastern Conference Finals have felt a little something like that. Apparently, fans were not the only ones who were frustrated. Once more, Boston found themselves surrendering a sizable lead duringContinue reading “Film Review: Why Jaylen Brown Was Upset After Game Two”

Game Five Focus: The Celtics Attacked Marc Gasol & Can Punish Him More

By Matt Esposito Toronto has a Marc Gasol problem. Yes, it is a journalistic faux pas to begin an article by stealing the title from an old blog. Yes, I had to google how to spell faux pas and it took me longer than I’d like to admit. Nevertheless, none of this takes away fromContinue reading “Game Five Focus: The Celtics Attacked Marc Gasol & Can Punish Him More”

Game Four Preview: How Will Brad Stevens Use Robert Williams?

by Matt Esposito Everyone has a friend they never get mad at. But then one day he or she reveals they are meeting your crush at the local Dairy Queen, and you have your first fight. I caught Brad Stevens ordering a a cookie dough Blizzard last night, and it had two spoons in it.Continue reading “Game Four Preview: How Will Brad Stevens Use Robert Williams?”

Game Two Focus: Toronto May Have A Marc Gasol Problem

By Matt Esposito Trust me, I don’t love writing those words, but I must: Marc Gasol ranks only behind Uncle Phil, Trevor Noah and Santa Claus in any arbitrary list of male role models. Unfortunately, he now possesses the lateral quickness of each of the people on that list, which is why Toronto may needContinue reading “Game Two Focus: Toronto May Have A Marc Gasol Problem”

This Is A Different Kemba Walker…

By Matt Esposito I cannot properly articulate how much I’m jonesing to write a 2,000 word love letter professing my admiration of UConn’s finest. But there remains a single soul – Editor Nick – who has the power to stop me and he certainly will. In its place however, is a film-driven, fist-pump inspired articleContinue reading “This Is A Different Kemba Walker…”

Film Analysis: The Celtics Can Get Even Better Against The Sixer’s Drop Scheme

By Matt Esposito Where was my level of panic after the Sixers built a big first quarter lead versus the Celtics? Somewhere between Steve Buscemi in Armageddon and Election Night 2016, I’d say. But I’m an admitted over reactor. Philadelphia’s drop scheme appeared to be effective as Boston missed pull up shots and had troubleContinue reading “Film Analysis: The Celtics Can Get Even Better Against The Sixer’s Drop Scheme”

Joel Embiid Should Have Dominated: How Boston Stopped Him From Doing So

By Matt Esposito With Ben Simmons being injured, Celtics fans understand that Joel Embiid will be their biggest threat during this first round matchup. Embiid has been dominant against Boston before, leaving fans to wonder how Brad Stevens would choose to defend him. Would he send out the inexperienced Robert Williams? Trust in the vastlyContinue reading “Joel Embiid Should Have Dominated: How Boston Stopped Him From Doing So”

Inside Jayson Tatum’s Evolution Into An Elite Defensive Player

By Matt Esposito That’s right, I said it. In the midst of his offensive leap forward, some may have not noticed how much of a pest Jayson Tatum has become. Fortunately, highlight God Tomek Kordylewski – a contributor for multiple, reputable Boston Celtics sites – nudged me to bring this development into the light. Specifically,Continue reading “Inside Jayson Tatum’s Evolution Into An Elite Defensive Player”