Kemba Walker delivered a final-second victory to cap a masterful Jayson Tatum night and team effort on the defensive end to overcome an early 16-point deficit against the Clippers in the second half. Payton Pritchard, Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye provided second-half threes and Tristan Thompson closed the game at the free throw line.
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Kemba Walker Hits GAME WINNER vs Clippers
Kemba Walker hit a GAME WINNER on a stepback for the Celtics in crunch time before Tristan Thompson, Kemba and Grant Williams sealed a win over the Clippers at the free throw line. Jayson Tatum stole the ball from Nic Batum in transition trailing by one after Boston had overcome a 16 point deficit and he turned the ball over down one. Kemba finished the back-and-forth swings of the fourth with a pull-up at the elbow with 30 seconds left after regaining the ball. Walker finished with 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting in a bounce back performance from his recent inconsistency.
Carsen Edwards Has Best Game with Celtics vs Clippers
Carsen Edwards entered for the Celtics after the Clippers took a double digit lead against the “three big” Boston lineup, and he drilled his first three triples. Edwards finished 5-of-8 with 16 points and played deep into the fourth quarter to reach 30 minutes of playing time, his most successful and involved playing time in the NBA in a close game against one of the best teams in the league. Is he in the rotation now after a solid few weeks that impressed Brad Stevens between practice and game action? The Garden Report debated.
Payton Pritchard Shines in Return from Knee Injury
Payton Pritchard returned from his knee injury two weeks ago against the 76ers with eight points off the Celtics bench in limited minutes in Boston’s win vs the Clippers. His pair of threes proved critical in the second half while his playmaking reflected his early success. The Garden Report debates the impact of Pritchard going forward without Marcus Smart, and once again predict his ceiling as an NBA player.
Celtics Post Game Show
Kemba Walker Postgame Interview
Kemba Walker spoke with media following another solid outing in the win against the Clippers. Walker talked of his positivity as he tried to break out of his shooting slump, how good it felt to hit the go-ahead bucket late in the game. The star point guard didn’t hesitate to put praise about teammates, especially the bench performance by Carsen Edwards, Payton Pritchard, Grant Williams and Rob Williams.
Brad Stevens Postgame Interview
Brad Stevens talks with postgame media about the tough win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Praise is given by Coach Stevens for the career night for Carsen Edwards, and Semi Ojeleye holding his own defensively against Kawhi Leonard. Coach Stevens also breaks down the late-game adjustments needed by Boston to secure the win.
Carsen Edwards Postgame Interview
Carsen Edwards spoke with media following a career night for the Celtics while the team was undermanned. The undersized guard dropped 16 points on the night on 5/8 shooting, including 3/5 from deep. Edwards said the best he can do is keep finding ways to initiate offense and create opportunities, regardless of playing time.
Jayson Tatum Postgame Interview | Celtics vs. Clippers
Jayson Tatum had himself a night with the absence of Jaylen Brown, dropping 34 points on 12/27 shooting, 5/10 from deep. Tatum reflects on the record of Boston so far, their bouts of COVID-19 and getting adjusted to the new NBA life, and he gives his thoughts on the prospects of an NBA All-Star Game during the pandemic.