Why the Celtics are the 76ers’ biggest obstacle in the postseason

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Jayden Brown, Jayson Tatum (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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“Killer Jays” offense

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the main reasons for the Celtics’ offensive game in 2023. The change in tactics by the new coach allowed their superstar duo to operate more effectively. Both players had a breakout 2022 season, but both youngsters have upped their game this season, and the results are quite impressive for the team.

The Celtics’ primary shooters are delivering on a nightly basis, with a minimum of 60 points between the two. Jayson Tatum, on his night, has been unstoppable and already has nine games with 40+ points this season. That’s nearly 50% of total games with forty or more points in his career.

On the other hand, Jaylen Brown has been even more consistent with scoring. He scores 20+ points night-in, night-out and even races to the 35 points mark on Jayson’s off-night. As I mentioned, we can expect 60 points from them even on a bad night.

As far as the Sixers are concerned, Maxey and Harden are doing their best to make a useful contribution to the scoring, but the offense is still more Embiid-centric. Joel remains the second-best scorer in the league, wherein the next top scorer for Philly is James Harden – all the way down to 28th place. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown acquire 6th and 12th positions, respectively, which is a huge difference maker.