The Boston Celtics made it look easy in their 99-81 win over the Sacramento Kings.
But as lopsided as the final score was, the actual game played was even more decisive.
And what the Celtics were doing to put the Kings away wasn't all that complicated and didn't involve a bunch of intricate Xs and Os, either.
Keep the ball moving.
Get into the offense quickly.
Find the open guy.
Defend all five positions.
It all came together for Boston to form one of the Celtics' most lopsided wins this season.
And as much as Doc Rivers has preached about keeping things simple, he knows all too well that well, it's not that easy to do.
"It's difficult; it's more difficult than you think," Rivers said. "Especially when you think you have a matchup (advantage)."
More than anything else, the Celtics made quick decisions offensively against Sacramento which seemed to catch the Kings off guard and kept them in catch-up mode all game.
"If you have a shot, shoot it. If you don't have a shot, pass it and then try to find another shot for yourself or someone else," Rivers implored his team to do.
And they did just that, seemingly on the attack from the opening tip-off.
"One of the things me and Courtney (Lee) told each other before the game, 'just get it and go!'" said C's guard Avery Bradley. "That's what we were doing."
Celtics Nation shouldn't get too giddy about the win.
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