Grading the Boston Celtics’ postseason play from high to backside

The Boston Celtics got here up quick of their 2022 NBA Finals collection towards a seasoned Golden State Warriors squad, dropping in six video games to finish a postseason run even All-NBA ahead Jayson Tatum’s father Justin wasn’t completely positive was going to occur.

Monday morning quarterbacking can be too simple in an evaluation of that postseason run, inflected with the frustration that the Celtics couldn’t fairly get the job accomplished at their precocious common age of 25.9. But when one takes an extended have a look at how every participant taking part in for Boston within the 2022 NBA Playoffs within the context of what was anticipated of them within the postseason, the Celtics acquitted themselves effectively for probably the most half.

Let’s take a stab at assessing the complete playoff roster that noticed the ground this postseason.

Nik Stauskas – 1 level per recreation

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Good ole Sauce Castillo wasn’t requested to do a lot apart from eat minutes in rubbish time, and that he did effectively.

Given his minuscule duties within the postseason, we will not give him lower than a B, however would have rated his play increased if he exceeded expectations even somewhat.

Grade: B

Malik Fitts – 0.9 factors per recreation

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As with Stauskas, the expectations for Fitts have been just about non-existent save for garbage-time fill-ins, which he did in addition to anybody with.

We’ll give him the tiniest enhance over his backcourt deep rotation teammate for his notable bench presence, nevertheless.

Grade: B +

Juwan Morgan – 0.3 rebounds per recreation

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As together with his different deep rotation compatriots, the bar was low for Morgan.

Even nonetheless, he did little together with his minimal alternatives, so we needed to ding him ever so barely.

Grade: C

Sam Hauser – 0.7 factors per recreation

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There was maybe a bit extra hope that Hauser may be capable of assist the group a bit greater than the remainder of his deep rotation teammates given he’d performed 26 video games with the group within the common season.

However we might be beneficiant given a poorly-timed shoulder damage, even when he did disappoint a bit in his restricted run.

Grade: C +

Luke Cornet – 0.8 factors per recreation

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The Inexperienced Cornet has been to the postseason with Boston earlier than – and did noticeably worse this time round.

A few of that may be a product of a shrunken function, however aside from a couple of flashes didn’t do a lot to spotlight development as a postseason participant.

Grade: C-

Aaron Nesmith – 3.2 factors, 2.6 rebounds per recreation

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Nesmith noticed his function shrink a bit as soon as it grew to become clear that the group was going to wish to shorten its rotation to succeed, however nonetheless managed to have an effect within the postseason within the restricted run he managed to get.

That function shrunk additional because the Celtics obtained deeper within the playoffs, however Nesmith’s vitality by no means flagged.

Grade: C

Daniel Theis – 4.3 factors, 3.3 rebounds per recreation

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The return of Theis on the commerce deadline was greater than only a touching footnote to the season because the German heart was an actual assist in the common season.

He grew to become more and more unplayable as Boston went deeper within the postseason as a consequence of acquainted weaknesses and bodily limitations he deserves somewhat blame for, however by now we all know the place Theis works and the place he would not.

Grade: C-

Payton Pritchard – 4.8 factors, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists per recreation

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As was the case with each Theis and Nesmith, Pritchard’s playability within the postseason diminished as Boston superior, however he did effectively with the run he had early on.

He additionally realized that he’ll must preserve including to his recreation if he desires to stay with a group that has title aspirations.

Grade: C

Grant Williams – 8.6 factors, 3.8 factors per recreation

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Cease us in the event you’ve heard this earlier than, however Williams noticed his effectiveness wane with the Celtics as they superior within the playoffs, even when he did have some sensible moments.

And on one hand, the Tennessee product had extra duty than he had within the prior two postseasons and clearly took steps ahead – however he nonetheless has steps to go in the direction of changing into a dependable postseason choice for the group.

Grade: C +

Derrick White – 8.5 factors, 3 rebounds, 2.7 assists per recreation

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When you cannot get the complete image of what White added to the group from his counting stats alone, what one can see is that the previous Spurs guard must get comfy in his new house to assist on the stage he is wanted.

Like Williams, D-White confirmed out a couple of instances within the postseason however disappeared within the Finals. With an improved shot and confidence with it, we count on higher outcomes, however given expectations, we will not grade him too extremely.

Grade: C

Robert Williams III – 7.7 factors, 6.2 rebounds, 1 help, 2.2 blocks per recreation

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Timelord may have referred to as it a season when he tore his meniscus however selected to maintain preventing via appreciable ache. And even nonetheless, he managed to be considered one of Boston’s most imposing gamers on protection and efficient choices on offense.

Given the context and stage of expectation one ought to have given his well being, we needed to fee the Texas A&M product extremely.

Grade: AND

Marcus Sensible – 15.4 factors, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.2 factors per recreation

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The Celtics would by no means have gotten to the place they have been with out Sensible entering into the function of place to begin guard and proudly owning it within the common season, however the wheels fell off a bit within the postseason, particularly the Finals.

It wasn’t the most effective postseason of his profession, however the Flower Mound native performed via a number of accidents, inside his function, and stepped up when he needed to till the Dubs made life exhausting for everybody.

Grade: B-

Al Horford – 12 factors, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 blocks per recreation

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Horford’s numbers for a beginning heart at any age are spectacular, and that almost all large males are out of the league by the point they’re 35 makes it all of the extra spectacular.

Like most of his teammates, he additionally ran out of gasoline within the Finals, however nonetheless put up a combat at the same time as his recreation started to betray him.

Grade: AND-

Jaylen Brown – 23. factors, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals per recreation

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Brown was typically the most effective participant on the ground for Boston early within the postseason and was the group’s most dependable supply of offense within the Finals.

We’ll lament the disappearance of his deal with within the playoffs till he will get it again once more, however aside from that and the numerous turnovers it created, now we have to fee his postseason efficiency effectively.

Grade: AND-

Jayson Tatum – 25.6 factors, 6.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals per recreation

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Regardless of his Finals disappearing act, Tatum led his group in postseason scoring within the 2022 NBA Playoffs – and what’s extra, led the group in assists as effectively.

There’s tons to be crucial of when it comes to what went incorrect on his watch, however his development as a participant this season (and playoffs) has been nothing in need of phenomenal. Filter out disappointment and one is left with a really strong playoff run to construct on sooner or later.

Grade: B +

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