Some quick halftime thoughts in this matchup with the Bulls.
- Rise of the midrange? You know that Tatum can knock down midrange shots with ease. Jaylen Brown has been money ...well, from everywhere this year. Now it seems like Marcus Smart has found some comfort in the midrange - especially when he gets his hip on his man in the lane. I guess if teams are going to increasingly give you those shots and you feel a comfortable rhythm shooting them, why not fire away? Zig when they zag as they say. As long as you are shooting them with high efficiency, they are good shots.
- Early minutes for Carsen Edwards, because why not? Kemba Walker is sitting on the second night of a back to back and Payton Pritchard is still out with a knee sprain. That leaves Jeff Teague and Marcus Smart as the point guards. Edwards is a “point guard” in stature only but he does bring an element of shooting (in theory) and explosiveness. He’s even finding himself open with backdoor cuts under the basket.
- Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb? DNP for Grant Williams thus far. He hasn’t been playing well and Semi Ojeleye has. Also the rookie Aaron Nesmith is starting to find his feel for the game (and knocking down shots helps). That just leaves less and less time for Grant. I’m still a believer in the Geek Freak, but he’s going to need show something in practice to get back in the game.