The Celtics beat the Lakers 121-113 to match their season-best fifth win in a row. Jaylen Brown led the scoring effort amid Jayson Tatum’s best month of the season, becoming the 17th player in NBA history to shoot 17-of-20 in a game. The deep bench, led by Tremont Waters, posted a 61 offensive rating in the fourth quarter and almost squandered a 27-point lead. Brown and the Garden Report reacted to the win, courtesy of CLNS Media.
Where Does Jaylen Brown Rank Among Most Efficient Players?
Garden Report’s Bobby Manning claims Jaylen Brown is one the most efficient players in the NBA!
The crew highlights Jaylen Brown’s stellar night and discuss how he had to come back in and saves the day. Also, how Brown has grown as a Celtic and how can he have more nights like this? In all, Brown finished the night with 40 PTS with only 3 threes, plus 9 REBS and 3 ASTS.
After the game, Celtics Head Coach, Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown was “unreal” vs the Lakers. “Tonight he was really dialed in scoring the ball. ... He’s had a great year and he continues to get better.”
Kemba Walker Playmaking Leads to Celtics Win Streak
Kemba Walker has been scoring less and less in recent weeks. He is averaging right around 16 points during the Celtics’ most recent winning streak. Despite this, he is still finding ways to help the team win.
In Boston’s most recent win, Walker tallied a team-high seven assists on a night where the Celtics had 32 dimes as a team. His playmaking has been extremely beneficial. The C’s have struggled to move the ball effectively all year, so if Walker is able to help that to some degree, then the team will be better off. He has averaged around seven assists during the Celtics’ current, five-game win streak.
The Garden Report talks about the different ways Walker can help the team win. Ideas such as his rebounding and playmaking are brought up. In addition to this, the crew talks about his ability to be effective on the offensive end on good efficiency and without turnovers. If Walker can cut out the turnovers and be more efficient, it would help the team’s offense tremendously.
They also discuss the upcoming matchup vs Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. It should be a great test for Walker not only on the offensive end but defensively if he gets switched onto Curry.
Are You Worried About Celtics Nearly Allowing Lakers Comeback?
After the Celtics beat the Lakers 121-113, Brad Steven said postgame “We have a lot to improve on. Jaylen (Brown) was just unreal tonight. Thankfully we had all of that run in the fourth. We certainly needed it, because it got real interesting at the end there.”
Facing off with a Lebron James and Anthony Davis-less Lakers teams, it was expected that the Celtics would go to LA and handle business, and that is what they did most of the night as their lead was as high as 27-points. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, where the Lakers were outplaying the Celtics bench to bring the game into a five-point game. It took the starters coming back, including a hot Jaylen Brown who dropped 40 PTS, to finish off the game with about two minutes to go.
The Garden Report discusses their concern with the Celtics’ late-game collapse. What does it say about the Celtics’ depth, and is it something to be worried about heading into the NBA playoffs? Also, who should get more minutes off the bench, and who will get cut if someone like Isaiah Thomas returns.
Is Luke Kornet FOR REAL with the Celtics?
Luke Kornet has been riding the bench lately but got the chance for some playing time in the Celtics’ recent game vs the Los Angeles Lakers. Robert Williams was ruled out just a couple hours before the game, so Kornet was the Celtics’ bonafide backup center.
Kornet finished the game with four blocks, doing his best Dikembe Mutombo impression. He was a great defender for the Celtics off the bench and provided some support in other areas as well. He snagged three rebounds, made a three-pointer, and even dished out three dimes.
The Garden Report debates whether or not Kornet has been playing well, and if Kornet will be with the team next year. Bobby Manning tries his best to defend Kornet’s play, but the rest of the crew completely disagrees.
John Zannis goes as far as saying that he thinks Kornet is more likely to be playing in Spain than with the Celtics next year. Kornet has provided some solid spot minutes for the C’s, but he is very clearly behind Williams and Tristan Thompson on the depth chart.
Can Celtics Rely on Payton Pritchard?
After the Celtics beat the Lakers, rookie Payton Pritchard (15 PTS, 5/11 FG, 3/6 3P, 7 REB, 3 AST) spoke with media about the team’s health issues and how it’s impacted player roles. Pritchard also spoke about hitting the rookie wall, and everyone trying to be consistent now that the team is healthier and have defined roles. With Jeff Teague gone, can Payton Pritchard be depended upon as a key rotation piece, despite some of his rookie struggles? The Garden Report discusses.
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