The Bench is in Trouble
Only four reserves saw the floor against the Knicks. Two of them were held scoreless, including Sam Hauser, who missed all four of his 3-point attempts in 14 minutes of action.
Boston's bench was outscored 38-12, and head coach Joe Mazzulla opted not to use six players in the second unit.
Al Horford was productive (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), but Hauser and Payton Pritchard combined to go 1-for-8 from the floor. No one else stepped up, or really even had the chance to, with that duo cold, causing the Celtics' bench to be a non-factor in the win.
Mazzulla either needs to utilize a nine- or 10-man rotation or have Derrick White back up the starters every now and then, because 12 points from the reserves certainly isn't going to cut it against Eastern Conference contenders like the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
Jaylen Brown was Overpaid
Brown looked far from the richest man in NBA history on Wednesday night.
So yes, as it stands in this very moment, Brown wasn't worth a five-year, $303.7 million deal. Luckily for him, we're basing that statement off a very small sample size -- 38 minutes to be exact -- so he still has ample time to prove his value.
One of the ugliest sequences of Wednesday's contest came courtesy of Brown, who committed back-to-back turnovers before fouling Quentin Grimes while he was shooting a trey with 4:10 left in the game. Grimes made the shot, putting New York up by six, but he missed the free throw and the Celtics were obviously able to wrestle back momentum.
In Brown's defense, he still found ways to contribute, supplying a team-high five assists and six rebounds while finishing at a plus-8.
This is an overreaction that will end up being just that in the long run. Brown will get back track, and he most definitely will be worth the supermax. Criticize him now, but also make sure to give him his flowers when the time comes.
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