The Celtics have started the season hot, accumulating an NBA-best record of 16-4. Their success can easily be attributed to their electric offense, led by the superstar duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Celtics are averaging 120 points per game, an NBA-best mark as of writing. Tatum and Brown have combined to average 56 points per game, the most of any duo in the NBA. Their success has been surprising despite their trip to the NBA finals last season because of the sudden change at head coach during the preseason. Ime Udoka, the Celtics’ head coach in 2022, was suspended for one season by the Celtics organization for violating multiple team policies regarding his relationship with a subordinate.
Nevertheless, the Celtics have shined under interim head coach Joe Mazulla. Another source of adversity that the Celtics have overcome is the injury of starting center Robert Williams III, who had surgery on his knee during the offseason. Williams played a massive role defensively last season and was a primary reason for last season’s Celtics’ NBA-best defense. Williams will hopefully return before Christmas and will significantly boost the roster.
To conclude, the Celtics have started the 2022-2023 outstandingly, despite controversy and injury, and look to get back to the NBA finals and win it this year.