With the Boston Celtics owning the best record in the Eastern Conference, Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazulla will be looking to guide Team Giannis to a win over Team LeBron. One way he could pull off that feat is by playing the Greek Freak for the entire 48 minutes, which he recently said he would.
Was Mazulla joking?
It’s difficult to get a read on the young Celtics coach, but considering the fact that the All-Star Game is a bit of a showcase for some of the best players in the NBA, it seems unlikely that Mazulla would really plan to keep Giannis on the court for an entire game.
But then again, considering Giannis plays for the second-best team in the Eastern Conference—the Milwaukee Bucks—playing him the full 48 minutes would be one way to tire the two-time MVP and give the Celtics an edge in the race for the best record in the Conference.
For all intents and purposes, it is highly unlikely that Mazulla would resort to such tactics, but it’s safe to say that we won’t know until the All-Star Game. Whatever Mazulla’s plan is, one thing is certain—it will be interesting to see if he can steer Team Giannis to their first-ever win over Team LeBron in the midseason exhibition.