Three-Leaf Clover: The chemistry of Brown and Porzinge, Hauser finding his form, and the sting of loss

Three-Leaf Clover: The chemistry of Brown and Porzinge, Hauser finding his form, and the sting of loss

OK. After the Celtics suffered a devastating loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves this week, eliminating their chance of going 82-0, they followed that up with a brick-fest against Philly. Basically unforgivable. Overall, the general sentiment of the fanbase is as reactionary as ever – perhaps for good reason, perhaps not. However, this is a positive space that they really deserve, and the Celtics are continuing to play basketball, which means we have a lot of things to discuss.

Weekly stats: 8 assists

Chemistry is one of those common concepts that remains intangible and unexplainable. In the words of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, “[You]know it when you see it.” Passes come faster, cuts are a little sharper, and turns are sharper. The new-look Celtics have had bouts where the chemistry has been a little off, but there is an encouraging trend emerging: the emerging chemistry between Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis. Jaylen helped KP twice as much as any other player on the team.

It’s certainly not perfect, as we saw Wednesday night in Philadelphia, but it’s important. JB and KP have a chance to support the offense when Tatum sits or attack the weaker defender who watches JB with Tatum on the court. Jaylen’s decision-making can be questionable at times, but Porzingis makes the catch-and-read process, and what it entails, easy. He could simplify the game on Jaylen and they would both be better for it.

X’s and OOoohhhhhh’s: Sam Hauser finds out

I’ve seen a ton of people say that sitting on the bench, outside of Al, was terrible. Sometimes these people (not sure why I’m writing as a farmer) list poor artists by name. They’re given a list, and this is the order their list is in. They are as follows: PP, Sammy, Luke, and O-Brissy.

I actually think Brissett did his job adequately (and I think that’s the general sentiment among fans), but I’m surprised to see Hauser indulged in bench passivity. After a tough first two games, he turned to Sam Hauser. He’s now over 40% from three and is averaging 8.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. Stock market sammy!

Perhaps the most encouraging thing with Hauser hasn’t been revealed in terms of numbers. It’s about how he fires his shots. Last year, the vast majority of his threes were open, set-pieces, and catch-and-shoots. Well, the poll report is out. Hauser now has to work for his threes, often taking them on the move through the competition. It doesn’t matter.

Fly and quickly catch and release before the competition gets there. Hauser has upped his shooting game, and it’s not like he’s gotten worse on blocked 3-pointers. Defenses definitely need a body on him at all times, otherwise he will make them pay.

You helped the wrong man, Nic Batum. There’s no reason to doubt Hauser’s contributions at this point, and it’s time to realize that the Celtics have a very strong seventh man on their hands. If they can convince the eighth man to go. . .

Non-Basketball Stuff of the Week – The Unnatural Sting of Losing

Rationally, I know the Celtics aren’t going to win 98-0. It didn’t surprise me that they were lost down the road in Minnie or in that pile of radioactive waste they call Philadelphia. But it still left that little sting of disappointment and frustration.

I play all the avoidable fouls (calling Jaylen Brown), all the missed layups and open threes, and I think If only they would drop a few of them. But that’s the nature of the NBA. Even teams with 60 wins lose 22 times, so it’s okay, right? Yes, but also kind of no. While I might Known Just because even the best teams lose a lot doesn’t make it so Feel Any improvement.

But this is basketball. That’s what makes it fun – riding the highs and lows of the season, reveling in 50-point spikes and overreacting to 3-point losses. When the regular season is over, I’m sure the Celtics will be sitting near the top of the standings, and what really matters is what happens in May and June. I know this rationally and emotionally.

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