The first (preseason) game of the Brad Stevens era is in the books and zzzzzzz. Sorry, it was that type of game.
The Celtics lost 97-89. Other than assessing some individual performances, there are little assumptions to be made.
Jared Sullinger (14 points, 6 reb, 4 assists) showed us that he’s fully healed from back surgery. He’s still a very savvy and crafty player in the paint. Gerald Wallace (16 points) showed us that he has a pulse.
The Celtics had 25 assists on 33 baskets. Kelly Olynyk led the green with 5 assists. They moved the ball fairly well but I’m still trying to get a feel for what Brad Stevens is trying to do on offense. The philosophy appears to be “take the midrange jumper.”
The defense was… lacking. Toronto shot 52% and tallied 52 points in the paint. The Celtics were outrebounded 46-26. The differential was 22-6 at halftime.
Jeff Green (2-7) and Courtney Lee (2-9) struggled. Green still goes right far too often for my liking.
Avery Bradley with the steal and layup. I really enjoyed the return of his ferocious defense.
Kelly Olynyk finishes the fast break. I like his athleticism and vision.
- Jordan Crawford took 3 shots in 20 minutes.
- Phil Pressey collected a DNP-CD
- The Celtics “forced” 25 turnovers