Grading the Boston Celtics’ postseason play from prime to backside

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

Monday morning quarterbacking can be too straightforward in an evaluation of that postseason run, inflected with the frustration that the Celtics could not fairly get the job finished at their precocious common age of 25.9. But when one takes an extended view of how every participant enjoying 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 total 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 in addition to 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 larger 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 had been nearly non-existent save for garbage-time fill-ins, which he did in addition to anybody with.

We’ll give him the tiniest increase 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 along with his different deep rotation compatriots, the bar was low for Morgan.

Even nonetheless, he did little along 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 crew a bit greater than the remainder of his deep rotation teammates given he’d performed 26 video games with the crew within the common season.

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

Grade: C+

Luke Kornet – 0.8 factors per recreation

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

A few of that could be a product of a shrunken function, however other than a couple of flashes didn’t do a lot to focus on progress 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 crew was going to want 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 acquired 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 middle was an actual assist in the common season.

He grew to become more and more unplayable as Boston went deeper within the postseason resulting from 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 have to preserve including to his recreation if he desires to stay with a crew that has title aspirations.

Grade: C

Grant Williams – 8.6 factors, 3.8 factors per recreation

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Cease us if you happen to’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 good 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 turning into a dependable postseason possibility for the crew.

Grade: C+

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

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When you cannot get the total image of what White added to the crew 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 degree 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 might have known as it a season when he tore his meniscus however selected to maintain preventing via appreciable ache. And even nonetheless, he managed to be one in every of Boston’s most imposing gamers on protection and efficient choices on offense.

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

Grade: A

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

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The Celtics by no means would have gotten to the place they had been with out Good moving into the function of start line 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 perfect 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 middle at any age are spectacular, and that the majority huge 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 whilst his recreation started to betray him.

Grade: A-

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

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

We are going to lament the disappearance of his deal with within the playoffs till he will get it again once more, however other than that and the various turnovers it created, we now have to charge his postseason efficiency effectively.

Grade: A-

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 crew in postseason scoring within the 2022 NBA Playoffs — and what’s extra, led the crew in assists as effectively.

There’s tons to be important of when it comes to what went incorrect on his watch, however his progress 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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