Boston Celtics: Takeaways From Win Against Pelicans

Takeaways from the Boston Celtics blowout win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Boston Celtics finished up their five-game road stand with a 111-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Celtics went 3-2 on their road trip and close out their with three tough games against the Bulls, still undefeated Warriors, and Hornets.

The Celtics and the Pelicans were even at 25 after the first quarter, but the Pelicans held a steady lead in the second quarter until the Celtics went on a 13-2 run over the final four minutes to secure a 9-point lead by halftime. The Celtics steamrolled the Pelicans in second half, extending their lead to 22 points at one time.

Here are some quick takeaways from Monday night’s blowout win in New Orleans:

  • Jared Sullinger tied a career-high with 20 rebounds, which singlehandedly exceeded the total rebounds gathered by all five Pelicans starters combined. In addition, Sullinger’s rebounds accounted for nearly half of Boston’s total rebounds. He was also a +32, which is ridiculous.
  • The Celtics were without David Lee (right heel contusion) for the second straight game as well as R.J. Hunter (left hip flexor strain)
  • In Hunter’s absence, James Young saw extended minutes. Young played 20 minutes and for the most part looked comfortable on the court. He went 2/5 from the field (four points) with two assists, three rebounds, and one steal. Young was very active on the court and was hustling to get himself involved in plays, whether it was following up on a shot or sticking with his man in a pick-n-roll.
  • Isaiah Thomas had practically a flawless night. He scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half and went a perfect 4/4 from behind the arc.
  • The Celtics shot 42.9% (12-28) from deep and now find themselves outside of the bottom-10 in 3-point percentage. In December the Celtics are 2nd in the entire league in 3-point percentage (42.2%), trailing only the Golden State Warriors.
  • Boston’s starters outscored New Orleans’ starters 70-27, but even more shocking is how Celtics’ backcourt outscored the Pelicans’ backcourt 33-0 (that’s correct, ZERO points).

The Boston Celtics will face the Chicago Bulls tomorrow at the TD Garden. The Bulls are coming off of a 103-101 home loss to the Phoenix Suns. Prepare to see an angry Bulls squad on Tuesday night.