By Tom Westerholm | firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted November 23, 2018 at 10:04 PM
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The Boston Celtics rolled over the Atlanta Hawks 114-96 on Friday, breaking a three-game losing streak with an easy victory that boosted them back over .500.
Here are 10 things we learned.
1. Kyrie Irving: Unbothered by Trae Young.
The Atlanta Hawks rookie couldn’t do much defensively against Irving when he was matched up with him 1-on-1, and he could do even less when Irving was motoring around screens. The first Celtics bucket of the game was a post-up spin move by Irving, followed by a triple with Young completely out of his line of vision.
Young did the Celtics a favor early, since the shots started dropping and Boston started to feel more comfortable. He can do a lot of things and his future is bright, but his defense — particularly against other star guards — could probably use some work.
2. Getting to the rim is a real issue.
Bontemps makes a a solid point, and a very important one: When the defense doesn’t collapse to the basket, the offense has a harder time getting clean looks. Even if drives lead to jumpers, the jumpers tend to be better.
The Celtics have to get a little more aggressive going to the basket.