The simple beauty of running it back with this Boston Celtics team
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By Jeff Clark

Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford.

(drops mic)

I was tempted to conclude the article right then and there, but I’m too full of words to stop yet. Just read through that lineup again and imagine it in your mind’s eye.

Offensively, that’s 5 guys that can stretch the floor, 2 are elite level shot creators, 2 are Swiss army knives, and 1 is a relentless bulldog with athleticism to spare. There’s a beautiful blend of buoyant youth, veteran savvy, and Gumby-like flexibility in that group. The passing and spacing could create ping-pong ball movement leading to wide open 3’s or dunks. At the same time, if you need a bucket, there are multiple options to call upon to make iso-magic happen. Then on defense, that’s a lot of long, laterally quick, intelligent thinkers between the ball and the hoop.

Individually the resumes pop off the page.

That’s all just one lineup too. We haven’t even talked about Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis, Marcus Morris, Semi Ojeleye, or whomever Danny Ainge can replace or supplement them with.

This is why I keep coming back to one simple theme: Don’t overthink...

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