5. Romeo Langford
Romeo Langford has arguably shown the most improvement as a player for the Celtics this season. Langford’s points, rebounds, defense, efficiency, and opportunity have all gone up this season. Just Wednesday night on December 23rd against the Cleveland Cavaliers Romeo totaled 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 rebound in 30 minutes. Langford also played good defense against Kevin Love in the past.
The last time the Bucks and Celtics played Langford had 7 points, 2 assist, and 3 steals in just 17 minutes. With some players out for the Celtics in health and safety protocols, Langford could be in for a good Christmas day game. Remember don’t just look at points look at the impact on defense and playmaking.
4. Jordan Nwora
Jordan Nwora is also a young player that has improved and gained the trust of Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. Coach Budenholzer is going to have to trust Nwora even more on Christmas day as Bobby Portis still might be a late scratch for the game. Regardless if Bobby Portis is playing Nwora should still be watched by NBA fans. Over the last few games, Nwora has put up 15, 14, 28, 18, and 5 points. Not to mention Nwora had 11 points the last time the Bucks played Boston. with Nwora minutes and scoring taking a jump over the past few games, he is someone you will want to keep your eye on.
3. DeMarcus Cousins
No, this isn’t the DeMarcus Cousins of old, but this is a DeMarcus Cousins that has been playing well since singing with Milwaulkee. In the past three games Cousins has tallied up 12, 18, and 22 points. To be fair he has had games with zero points, but with the Celtics potentially being down multiple bodies at the Center position it could allow Cousins to have another good game on Christmas.
2. Jaylen Brown
Yes, Jaylen Brown is a household name in the NBA, but he will still be a person to keep their eye on during this game. In the past two games, Brown has scored 30-plus points. We know what to expect from Brown but he will be going toe-to-toe against Khris Middleton on offense and Defense in this Christmas day matchup.
1. Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday isn’t a player that will put butts in seats on Christmas day, but he will be interesting to watch. Holiday has scored over 22 points in his last 4 games including a 40 point outburst against the New Orleans Pelicans. It’s not his scoring that makes him a joy to watch it is his defense. Jrue will more than likely be tasked with guarding Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. If he is tasked with that assignment be prepared to have your eyes glued to him all game.