Boston Celtics: Takeaways from Win Over Milwaukee Bucks

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Frontcourt changes paying off

Nov 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis (11) battles for a loose ball with Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Boston 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The additions of Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson into the starting lineup are paying off. The Celtics moved to 2-1 when Sullinger and Johnson start. The duo give the Celtics a completely different look with better defense and rebounding than the previous starters, David Lee and Tyler Zeller.

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In his third game in a row in the starting lineup, Jared Sullinger was Boston’s best player again. In only 20 minutes of play, Sullinger managed to earn himself a double-double, scoring 11 points and gathering 10 rebounds. Again, Sullinger kept possessions alive (five offensive rebounds) and fought hard in the paint.

Sullinger had a tough task of defending Greg Monroe, who had a double-double by halftime. In his brief time in the second half, Sullinger redeemed himself and shut down Monroe.

Johnson only scored four points and was not as much of a factor as Sullinger. His biggest contribution was his rebounding. Johnson finished with three offensive rebounds and 9 rebounds in total. Johnson looked shaky to begin the game and struggled to function in the pick-n-roll, usually his bread and butter.

He also earned himself a Shaqtin’ a Fool nomination with this unusual sequence:

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