Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will be running the streets in a few days as Halloween draws near.
Well, Halloween may have come a little early for NBA teams in the form of the Boston Celtics, whose win at Detroit was downright scary and should put the rest of the league on notice that the early malaise they seemed to be in, may be a thing of the past now.
Boston (4-2) beat an undefeated Detroit team, on the Pistons’ home floor, by 20 points.
That’s no big deal, especially this early in the season.
But Boston won with the game with their top two scorers (Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving) tallying a COMBINED nine points.
The Celtics’ best stretch big Al Horford missed all five of his three-point attempts.
And Boston’s best defender against Detroit’s burly frontline, Aron Baynes, was out with a hamstring injury.
Boston’s win did more than just add another chip to the team’s growing pile of victories.
It served as a reminder of just how deep, how talented this Boston team can be to the point where they can blow you out in your own building and do so with most of their primary weapons having sub-par performances.
This team’s strength lies in its depth which is why Danny Ainge didn’t do a thing to the team’s core during the offseason, and why it’ll be difficult to say the least for him to find a deal at the trade deadline that would strengthen this roster.
Of course, you don’t want to make too much of the sixth game in what will be an 82-game regular season plus what will most likely be another couple dozen playoff games.
But this was one of those performances that stands not just for the outcome but what it means in the grand scheme of things.
Boston had a strong second half in Thursday night’s comeback win at Oklahoma City.
But you had to wonder if that performance was just a one-night thing, or whether they could build upon it going forward.
Detroit presented the perfect litmus test to that theory.
The Pistons had the league’s best scorer in Blake Griffin.
Andre Drummond has been a double-double monster most of his career and has given the Celtics major fits for years.
That meant nothing to the Celtics who bottled up Griffin for most of the night in limiting him to just seven points on 2-for-13 shooting (one of the made baskets was a goal-tend) to go with six rebounds.
And while Drummond finished with 18 points, he grabbed just eight rebounds.
The rest of the Pistons?
The contributions of many has been the path taken by the Celtics, clearly the smoothest road towards success.
While the same can be said for most teams, it’s different with this Celtics crew.
While most teams are aided by the play of their bench/non-superstars, Boston has the ability to be carried by them, against any team, home or on the road on any given night.
Having that kind of talent, experience and level of expectation makes the Celtics stand out from most teams.
And because of that, this crew can be pretty scary when they get on the floor.
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