Eastern Notes: Celtics, Bulls, Gobert, Cavaliers, Hornets

That Celts struggled in Game 4 largely because of their stagnant offense, writes The Athletic’s Jay King. Boston lost the game 107-97, shooting 40% from the floor with 15 turnovers. While Boston is a great defensive team of all time, it certainly shouldn’t be seen in the same light offensively.

“We just have to stay organized” star forward Jaylen Brown said. “It’s down to our experienced players to organize us in these moments. Sometimes we get disorganized and we clash. The gap is closing somehow. That’s where some of this revenue comes from. We have to do a better job.”

Boston’s offense improved this season as the team — especially Markus Smart and Jayson Tatum — obliged to insist more. Tatum has continued that adjustment into the postseason, increasing his assists per game from 4.4 to 6.2, while Smart has kept his average at a respectable 5.9.

The Celtics’ chances of winning the Final may depend on their ability to play in the transition period, keep the ball moving and get a better game from Tatum. The 24-year-old finished Game 4 with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but he shot just 8 of 23 (35%) from the floor and recorded six turnovers that night.

Today there is more from Boston:

  • Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley investigates the Bulls’ alleged interest in the Jazz Center Rudy Gobert. Chicago could make roster upgrades after losing to Milwaukee in five games in the first round, and Gobert could become available in trade talks. The Bulls ranked 23rd in defensive standings this season, despite struggling with numerous injuries throughout the year.
  • The Athletic’s Kelsey Russo examines the odds of a Ricky Rubio Reunion and other Cavaliers free-agent goals in their latest mailbag. Rubio was very effective before suffering a cruciate ligament tear and helped keep the Cavs afloat in the Eastern Conference.
  • That hornets will draft six draft-eligible players on Saturday, the team announced on social media (Twitter link). Chattanoogas Silvio de SousaFloridas Anthony Durujithe G League Ignite Jaden HardySeton Halls Ike ObiaguNotre-Dame Blake Wesley and VCUs Vincent Williams everything will work for the club.

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