Celtics star Jaylen Brown was down 25 points as the Celtics routed the Bulls 117-94 on Wednesday.
Brown has certainly had bigger games this season — 29 of them, in fact — but Wednesday’s tally was notable because it was the 10th straight game in which Brown scored 25 or more. His ridiculous streak has gone slightly under the radar, but while teams focus their attention on Jayson Tatum, Brown is feasting against lesser defenders and a lane left wide open. He also picked up a new move, probably looking at James Harden.
Brown is on a good pace, as are the Celtics – who continue to play too well to test themselves in critical time.
At some point, the Celtics will have to show they can win a game in the final minutes. Until then, they seem content to keep smashing their opponents into a paste.
2. Al Horford demolished the Bulls. Defensively, he had two interceptions and pinched Nikola Vucevic, and his ability to switch pick-and-roll with Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan played a major role in preventing the two from having great nights. On the other side, Horford was everything the Celtics could have hoped for – 17 points on 7-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-3 from behind the arc, with 10 rebounds (four offensive).
The pick that became Alperen Sengun might have been useful in a few years, but Horford is now a crucial piece of the puzzle. The Kemba Walker trade last summer looks like one of Brad Stevens’ best moves.
3. The Celtics look like a completely different team to the last time they faced the Bulls – a narrow 114-112 victory before the nine-game winning streak. At that time, the Celtics had Enes Freedom and Dennis Schröder, who were both bad players defensively, and the Bulls found plenty of ways to take advantage of that.
Now the Celtics are a well-oiled machine defensively with almost no holes in their entire lineup. DeRozan has beaten multiple times and Pritchard is undersized, but otherwise the Bulls have found very little offense. DeRozan led all Chicago goal scorers with 16 of 16 field goal attempts, while LaVine and Vucevic combined to score 21 points on 22 shots.
We will have more takeout later in the evening.
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