Celtics stats snapshot: The state of the team as things begin to click

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The Boston Celtics, by most measures, did not have the start to their 2021-22 NBA season they’d hoped to under new head coach Ime Udoka. But after some exceptionally turbulent early games and their accompanying growing pains, the team seems to have settled into a defensive identity that matches what you might have expected out of this roster given its personnel of specialists on that side of the court.

But what do the numbers tell us about the team and the players who spend the most time on the floor playing for it early on in the season? And can we take anything from the fact that the team has still only played 11 games, one more than the minimal number usually cited as being even a little meaningful?

Without a definitive answer to the latter question, let’s try and do what we can with the former (all stats gleaned from Basketball-Reference unless otherwise indicated).

The Celtics have cracked the NBA's top-10 in defensive rating at No. 10

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But languish in the last third in the league on offensive rating at No. 22

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Ball movement is down from early returns to 20th in the NBA in assists

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And the team's still in a shooting slump from both 3 (22nd)

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And from 2-point range (23rd in the league)

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Given they take the 5th-most shots, 11th in 3s, defense matters a lot

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Individual oddities of note

  • Jayson Tatum is still scoring under 33% from 3

  • But he’s grabbing a career-high 8.6 boards per game

  • Timelord is logging career-highs in all counting stats but assists

  • Al Horford is 2nd in NBA in blocks (2.4 per game), a career-high

  • Marcus Smart is the only player averaging a triple-single this season among players with 35+ minutes per game

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