The Celtics beat Atlanta again on Friday night, capping a dominant stretch where Boston didn’t have a starter playing in every game. The youth stepped up, though the schedule certainly softened. That changes when Boston travels to Oklahoma City and Houston, then meet the Clippers again in Boston on Thursday — now featuring old friend Marcus Morris.
Stevens and others looked ahead at the stretch ahead after the game.
Brad Stevens: “Everybody’s got a role to play. We have two all-stars on the court tonight, we all have to complement them.”
Stevens glowed about Romeo Langford’s performance, a second straight strong performance, 5-for-11 shooting with 16 points and a pair of threes. Both helped Boston extend their lead as it slimmed. Stevens looked to him for length and he provided three blocks on the defensive end. He said Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis expect to travel to Oklahoma for Sunday’s afternoon game, with their status uncertain.
Kemba Walker —
Walker returned from more knee soreness to score 15 points with six rebounds and assists in 29 minutes.
Enes Kanter: “I feel like we have everything we need to win a championship.”
Kanter celebrated on Twitter after the Celtics did not deal him before 3 p.m. on Thursday. Defiant against calls for help at center, he believes the Celtics have enough to win a championship. Even while recovering from his hip injury, he dropped 16 points and 15 rebounds on Atlanta.
Romeo Langford: “I felt like I belonged out there.”
Not much bothers Langford. He forgot he could be traded, he still doesn’t feel the need to get a driver’s license. Teammates reminded him to slow the game down as he stepped into his longest stretch of NBA action and his first start this week. After scoring 16 points and keying a win over Atlanta, he felt like he belonged.