Finally, the Celtics had the right guys holding the ball at the end
You didn’t even need Jaylen Brown…
Marc Bertrand: When we had Joe Muzzella on, I asked him about winning when not hitting threes and they shot, what, 30% from three in this game and did not shoot as well from three as they probably would have liked and yet they won a game. So, that to me was a important part because I think that’s going to be important for this team to not just be so heavily reliant on the threes, right?
Hardy: Yeah, 31%..
So, I think the other part of this game that’s really encouraging, certainly not Jaylen Brown, it is that the right players were making the plays and had the ball in their hand when it mattered most. And in this game that was Porzingis obviously, that was Tatum obviously and that was Derrick White. Those three guys at the end of this game in the fourth quarter were the guys that had the ball and that was the right call on this night for them to be the guys.
Scott Zolak: Yeah let them play and I thought Porzingis had a hell of a block too. Defensively he had that one block which kind of you know flip things a little bit for them when things were getting away. I know we’ll get to Brown…
Marc Bertrand: Get to it now because Brown wasn’t a part of that at the end for good reason. He wasn’t a factor down the stretch. He wasn’t really a factor in this game. It Was not his night.
Scott Zolak: No. And I’m watching some of the ball movement here that Fowler is running here and Brown doesn’t touch the ball. It’s everybody else. It’s the other four. Kind of froze Jaylen Brown out here and that’s a good thing. Good thing last night. He’ll have his nights, but I thought that was a great environment. Celtics are going to be watched a lot this year. Like packed places. Places are going to be amped and a lot of energy in that building last night. I thought it was a fun game to watch.
Hardy: It was entertaining. I didn’t expect them needing Porzingis to essentially win the game for them.
Marc Bertrand: But isn’t that how this year is going to go? You have guys on this team that can have big nights and that includes guys who did not have big nights last night. Jaylen Brown is one of those guys. Jrue Holiday is one of those guys. You are going to get a big night from Derrick White, not that I’m throwing him in the group with the other two but you know what I’m saying. You have a lot of different guys who can have big nights on this team. And they’ve got to figure out, though, how to play off of each other, which I think is going to be a growing process.You can still win a lot of basketball games along the way.