The Celtics won their 11th game last night against the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis. I didn’t personally watch the game (college finals crunch time- yay!) but in analyzing the stats, there were a few things I liked and wanted to point out.
ONE. The Celtics’ 3 point shooting percentage was at their season best at 48.7.
TWO. Distribution of scoring and play time was well coached by Brad Stevens. Kyrie Irving scored a team high 26 points with 32 minutes of play. Jayson Tatum played 35 minutes with 20 points, along with Al Horford wo clocked 32 minutes and 20 points.Marcus Morris logged 30 minutes and 19 points, followed by Terry Rozier with 19 minutes and 14 points. Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes, Semi Ojeleye, and Robert Williams all contributed in the single digits.
THREE. Marcus Smart started. Him and Marcus Morris joined Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Jayson Tatum.
“I wanted to see what that would look like with Marcus [Smart] in the starting lineup”
I *still* strongly dislike Smart, so please don’t expect me to praise an angry violent man. Please read Nicole Yang’s commentary so I don’t have to talk about him:
Smart logged a season-high 40 minutes against the Pelicans, which is the most any Celtic has played in a non-overtime game this year. His stat line (8 points on 3-for-8 shooting, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds) was, per usual, underwhelming, but Smart’s physicality brought a much-needed defensive mindset to the game. The 24-year-old, who was responsible for causing nearly all of the Pelicans’ eight first-quarter turnovers, embodied the personality and toughness that Stevens noted has been missing throughout the team’s uninspiring start.
-Nicole Yang (read more by Nicole here)
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Image via Boston Herald.