The Boston Celtics opened up their bubble play with a scrimmage today against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Before today, it had been 135 days since Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and company have played an NBA game. In order to ease the players back into the game, the NBA elected to have teams play four ten minute quarters in the first scrimmage game. Lets now get into the Celtics vs. Thunder recap.
Celtics vs. Thunder Recap
The Celtics were outscored by the Thunder in every quarter, ultimately losing 98-84. The team struggled from deep shooting a poor 5/24 from behind the arc. Defensively Boston was clearly rusty, struggling to stay in front of their defenders and protect the paint. Overall, the team made the right basketball plays but ultimately the lack of playing competitive basketball was the major factor in their poor performance.
Stevens played the Celtics starting five together 15 out of the 20 possible first half minutes, but did not play them at all in the second half. Aside from Jaylen Brown, who scored nine first half points, the rest of the Celtics’ starting five struggled. Jayson Tatum missed his first five shots and ended the game with only three points. Theis played well offensively, scoring eight points on 80% shooting from the field; however, he was unable to contain Thunder center Steven Adams who scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half alone. Hayward and Smart struggled shooting the ball, going an abysmal 1/9 combined from beyond the arc. Despite their struggles, the Celtics went into halftime only down five points, 47-42.
With the starters not playing in the second half, Brad Wanamaker, Javonte Green, Tremont Waters, Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye and Enes Kanter saw increased minutes. Although they were unable to will Boston to a win, the 2nd and 3rd units were extremely impressive, showing incredible ball movement and great communication. Enes Kanter was the Celtics best player tonight, notching an 11 points, 10 rebounds double-double in only 12 minutes.
Although it was not a pretty performance, Boston Celtics Basketball Is Back!
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