The Boston Celtics enter the playoffs with the No. 3 seed in hand, but that doesn’t stop them from competing in the final of their seeding round games.
C’s topped the Grizzlies in a dominant 122-107 victory Tuesday afternoon at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, with a solid double-digit lead over Memphis for most of the competition. Boston has now won four straight games, including impressive performances from all five of Boston’s starters in each competition. The bench has also been very helpful and has consistently provided some requested support on both sides of the ball.
So with the playoffs just days away, the Celtics are preparing for what could be a busy record season. However, head coach Brad Stevens is trying to stay in the moment.
“I thought we did very good things tonight,”
And when it comes to the post season, Jayson Tatum does not think much will change game-to-game for the Cs.
“Of course we continue to watch movies. But just keep building on what we did in the previous game, ”said Tatum, looking at NBC Sports Boston’s aftermath coverage. “Of course, offensively we have played as well as we have all season, and just as we move and play at pace and share the ball, I think it’s obvious.”
So, where are the Cs in terms of where they want to be when the playoffs begin August 17?
“We’ll get there,” Tatum said. “That’s what these seed games are for. We are convinced to build good habits (and) chemistry (and) to get guys healthy. I think that’s what we’ve done. “
“I think we’re pretty close to being ready (for the playoffs), especially after tonight,” Kemba Walker added. “We were pretty focused and locked in.”
Here are some more notes from Tuesday’s Celtics Grizzlies game:
– Walker felt good out in court Tuesday night, injured knee and all.
Walker posted 29 points on 70 percent shooting, an impressive feat considering he is still working through his knee problems. He was pleased with Tuesday’s performance but knows there is still more room to grow.
“It’s getting there,” Walker said. “Today was probably the best I’ve felt out there. I’m really comfortable doing my moves and stuff like that. It was good to move it and see the ball go and stuff. I work every day to continue to strengthen my leg and strengthen my knee. I feel good. Hopefully I can continue to feel good and just keep taking care of myself. ”
– Speaking of Walker …
The 30-year-old made a bold move after Tuesday’s game, wearing a Yankees hat from New York to his press conference after the game. And it really sounds like he knew what he was doing.
Check it out:
“Boston fans are going to kill me.”
Not angry just disappointed @KembaWalker 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/1OeIi6BNV9
– Celtics at NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) on August 11, 2020
Hmmm … we forgive him this time.
– The Celtics take on the Washington Wizards on Thursday, with the tip-off scheduled for 12 pm ET.
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