Aside from winning 14 of their last 15, the C's also own an offensive rating of 121.5 and are averaging 121.9 points per game so far this season -- with Mazzulla and Tatum having plenty to do with that.
"I'm very grateful am blessed for the opportunity that I have," said Mazzulla in his pregame presser Friday ahead of their matchup against the Miami Heat. "Like I said it's not just me, so it should be like staff of the month. It should be organization of the month in the sense of if the guys don't listen, buy in and trust, it doesn't really matter and we don't have a staff that comes in everyday and works. I'm just grateful for that and yeah, it's a special moment."
Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams and Boston Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November. pic.twitter.com/AZChGTllil— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 1, 2022
Meanwhile, Tatum has proven he's an early MVP candidate, especially after his 49-point performance -- which was a season-high -- in Wednesday night's 134-121 victory over the Heat at TD Garden. The 25-year-old forward is averaging 31.6 points (second in the NBA) per contest while shooting 48.8% from the field, and he was a league-best plus-191 in November.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum have been named the Kia NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November. pic.twitter.com/vpDyqv6pv9— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 1, 2022
Tatum becomes the third player in franchise history to win multiple Player of the Month awards behind Paul Pierce (4) and Larry Bird (7). He also registered nine 30-point games in November -- tied for the most in a calendar month in his career -- trailing only Bird (10 in March of 1986 and 11 in March of 1988) for the most 30-point games in a calendar month in team history.
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