Jaylen Brown shines in Boston’s win as they snap their 3 game losing streak. Boston led for the majority of the game and never looked back. Orlando made a run in the 4th quarter, but Boston held on for the win. The story of the night was Boston’s 3 point shooting. They shot 23-54 from 3 which is good enough for 42%. Kemba Walker got off to a slow start, but played great in the 3rd quarter. Jayson Tatum had a great game, finishing with 23 points on an efficient 7-13 shooting. Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis each played well and the whole starting 5 for the Celtics scored in double figures. For Orlando, Nikola Vucevic had a decent game. He had 22 points on 9-20 shooting and 13 rebounds. After scoring 38 points last game, Aaron Gordon struggled. Evan Fournier struggled as well and Gordon and Fournier shot a combined 9-32 from the field. This was a great win for Boston as they start their stretch of 5 games in 7 days.
STAR OF THE GAME
Jaylen Brown was phenomenal. He had a rough game against the Nets after the All-Star break and since then he has played well. Today though, he was on a different level than anyone else on the court. He finished the game with 34 points on 12-24 shooting and a career high 10 3’s on 18 attempts. He also registered 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Jaylen was extremely aggressive all night long and the Magic just never seemed to have an answer for him or Tatum. Some people questioned if Jaylen Brown deserved to be an All-Star this year. Today’s outing should quiet those people.
This was a great win for the Celtics. Yes, the Magic are 14-28 on the season and 14th in the conference, but this was still a great win. Why? Because this schedule gets rough for the Celtics. After today’s game, they head to Memphis to play tomorrow night. Then they play Milwaukee in Milwaukee for 2 straight games and then finish their road trip against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. That is 5 games in 7 nights. Kemba Walker will not play tomorrow against the Grizzlies and he will most likely not play Saturday against the Thunder. If Boston can finish this week 3-2 or better, that is a very successful week.
James Ennis III is averaging 7.3 PPG this year and is a solid veteran player off the bench. He has been traded 3 times in the past 3 trade deadlines and that isn’t because he is bad. It is because he is a serviceable wing off the bench who can give you some good 3 point shooting (44% from 3 this season) and some solid defense. Tonight, he strengthened his case to be traded for the 4th straight year. He had 18 points on 5-6 shooting and 3-4 from 3. There is a very big chance he will be traded by Thursday and whichever team trades for him will get a pretty solid player.
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