The Boston Celtics are on an absolute tear to start the 2022-23 season. With a 13-3 record, which is the best in the league right now, the Celtics are riding the league's best offense to dominant victories over their opponents, regardless of who they are playing. The result has been a league-best nine-game win streak that has seen the C's firmly cement themselves as the team to beat until further notice.
Mazzulla is letting the Celtics play, and Brown loves it
The Celtics' deep roster will get lots of praise for their strong play, but interim head coach Joe Mazzulla deserves his fair share of praise as well. Mazzulla took over for the C's right before the start of the season once the team shockingly decided to suspend Ime Udoka for the entire season, and while many wondered what type of impact that would have on the team, it turns out it's been overwhelmingly positive for several reasons.
One big thing Mazzulla has incorporated into his coaching style is a lack of timeouts. Mazzulla has been letting the Celtics play through their ups and downs to open the season, and it's something that the players have come to appreciate. Jaylen Brown opened up on Mazzulla's decision not to call timeouts every time their opponent goes on a run, highlighting how one of Mazzulla's unique tactical decisions is paying dividends for Boston.
"I think so at times it's good. It challenges us for not only the situation at hand in front of us but to be better down the line. We've been in the NBA long enough to know how to get to our spots and how to correct some of our mistakes. We have a poised team so that's a lot of trust from our head coach that he instills in our player and us to figure it out. To be honest, that's what you want as a player. You want that relationship with your head coach that he'll trust you out there that you'll figure it out. For the most part, we have this year. We just have to keep it up and set our bar at a higher standard." - Jaylen Brown, MassLive
You can't argue with Mazzulla's timeout usage so far
Through 16 games, it's tough to find much to complain about when it comes to Mazzulla's sudden takeover of the Celtics. The team is winning at a ridiculous clip right now, and while much of that is due to the players, Mazzulla has taken charge and made it so the entire region of Boston forgets about Udoka's existence.
Brown's comments show how Mazzulla is working on coaching his players how they want to be coached. Many teams call timeouts when their opponent goes on a run or if they go cold, but Mazzulla has strayed away from that, allowing the Celtics to play through their cold stretches. And it's worked out better than anyone could have reasonably expected in the early going.
Brown has been one of the many Celtics players to have a strong start to the season, and much of that may be owed to Mazzulla's new system he's implemented with the C's. Mazzulla hasn't made many missteps to this point, and while he may begin to use timeouts more as the season progresses, it shouldn't change the fact that he has quickly turned the Celtics into the best team in the league, and they should only continue to get better as the season progresses.