Not missing Kemba
The reason the Boston Celtics can afford to go nights without an All-Star caliber player like Kemba Walker is that they have other All-Star caliber players who can pick up the slack like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward.
They also have undervalued role players like Brad Wanamaker who is capable of delivering the type of solid minutes he delivered in Saturday night’s victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
With a season-high 15 points, Wanamaker not only provided a boost for the Boston Celtics offensively, but he brought some aggressiveness to the floor with a dunk over the 7-foot Joel Embiid.
Mind you, Brad Wanamaker is all of 6-foot-3.
Take a look at this:
But, it’s not about dunking over a player like Embiid that has Boston Celtics fans hyped, it is the overall solid contribution of Wanamaker all season long as highlighted by head coach Brad Stevens.
"“Brad’s been very good all year,” Stevens said following the game, via Celtics.com. “Obviously 15 points off the bench is something that, with Kemba out at that position especially, we needed badly. He did a good job. When they went on their runs in the first, he hit some shots to keep us ahead, and then I thought he made some really aggressive plays tonight.”"
With his performance, Brad Wanamaker give the Celtics some much-need minutes off the bench and provided some energy that sparked the team’s blowout victory.