‣ Jrue Holiday, in his first year with the Boston Celtics, is averaging a career-high 7.4 total rebounds per game, contributing significantly to the team’s defense.
‣ The Boston Celtics are currently in first place in the league and are considered serious contenders for the title, with players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, and Jrue Holiday.
‣ Holiday’s defensive impact, including a defensive rating of 109 and a career-best block percentage of 2.4 percent, is positively affecting the team’s overall performance.
Jrue Holiday seems to be finding his groove with the Boston Celtics. It’s his first year with the Eastern Conference favorites, and he’s fitting in nicely. The guy’s a one-time champion and his defensive prowess brings a new intensity to the Celtics. His offensive numbers might be a bit down, but boy, is he killing it in the rebounds. This year, the two-time All-Star is averaging a whopping 7.4 total rebounds per game. That’s a career-high for him!
Let’s talk about the Celtics for a sec. They’re currently at the top of the league, with a 14-4 win-loss record. FanDuel says they’re the favorites to win the title, with odds at +370. And why not? With stars like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, and Jrue Holiday, they’re going for gold this season. Plus, Al Horford’s veteran presence in the locker room is a nice touch.
The Celtics are doing pretty well in terms of stats too. They’re 14th in team field goal percentage, at 47.2 percent. They’re leading in team defensive rebounding per game, with 36.8. And they’re 8th in opponent three-point field goal percentage, at 35.0 percent. Not too shabby, right?
But wait, there’s more. They’re third in opponent field goal percentage, allowing the opposition to shoot only 43.9 percent. The only two teams ahead of them? The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s clear that the Celtics’ defensive game is on point, and Jrue Holiday’s been a big part of that. His defensive influence is spreading like wildfire through the team.
So, could Jrue Holiday be the missing piece for the Celtics? He’s been having a solid season. He’s not just getting that career-high 7.4 total rebounds per game; he’s also averaging 5.1 assists, 12.4 points per game, and has an effective field goal percentage of 50.6 percent. Plus, he’s got a defensive rating of 109, his best since the 2017-18 season when he was with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Holiday’s also hitting a career-best in total rebounding percent, at 11.5 percent. He’s never hit double figures in this category before this season. And that’s not all. The five-time All-Defensive Team member is also averaging a career-best block percentage of 2.4 percent, along with nearly one block per game.
Playing with Tatum, Brown, and Porzingis has taken some pressure off Holiday. It’s allowed him to shine where he’s best: the defensive end. And it’s showing in his impressive rebounding stats for a point guard. If he keeps up this level of play, this could be the Celtics’ year. They’re already favorites to win the NBA In-Season Tournament, and it’s easy to see why they’re also favored to take home the title this season.