The Boston Celtics bounced back from a brutal loss to the Miami Heat and beat the Brooklyn Nets 149-115 on the second night of a back-to-back. This game was night and day compared to last night, and the Celtics scoring a season-high 149 points proves that. This game was filled with a lot of great defense, which is something we aren’t used to seeing, big performances from both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and an exceptional showing from Romeo Langford.
The Brooklyn Nets never really had a chance this game. Whether it was the starters or the bench, they couldn’t stop the onslaught of scoring coming from Boston. If it wasn’t Jaylen Brown going off, it was Jayson Tatum. If it wasn’t Jayson Tatum going off, it was Robert Williams. All of these guys had an impressive showing against the Nets.
Jaylen Brown finished the game with 21 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 5 for 9 from three. His shot has gotten so much smoother and has become such a consistent shooter for this team. I remember when Jaylen used to shoot threes, you used to pray they would go in. Now every time the ball leaves his fingertips, there’s a good chance it’s going in. He’s been Boston’s best player in the bubble, and there’s no debating that. I’ve said this a million times before and I’ll say it again, Jaylen Brown will make the biggest impact for the Celtics come playoff time.
Jayson Tatum was very limited in the first half. In fact, he only played six first-half minutes, but he still finished with 19 points on 7-11 shooting from the field and 5-8 from behind the arc. The first half was all about Jaylen Brown, and then the third quarter was Tatum’s time. He was nailing three after three and was so on fire that a fire extinguisher couldn’t put him out. Since his terrible shooting performance against Milwaukee, he’s shot 11-22 against Portland, 6-11 against Miami, and 7-11 tonight against Brooklyn. I’m telling you, there were no buckets in those curls.
Now let’s talk about the star of the show: Romeo Langford. I can’t emphasize enough that this kid needs to be playing consistent minutes for this team. He’s an instant game-changer. He is consistently one of the best defenders on the court when he steps into the game. He makes the right plays, makes the right passes, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. It’s astonishing that Brad Stevens hasn’t been playing him every single game considering how embarrassing the bench has been. We need players coming off the bench that make a difference, and that’s precisely what Romeo does. He finished with a plus/minus of +27, which was the second-highest on the team behind Gordon Hayward. If I don’t see Romeo out on the court next game, I am going to be extremely upset with Brad.
Robert Williams finally got some playing time in Orlando, and man did he have himself a night. He finished with 18 points (7/7 FG), 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 18 minutes of action. The timelord made the most of his minutes and made the impact fans were hoping to see. I really hope this means he gets more minutes moving forward.
The bench scored 69 points and looked much different than they did against Miami. Maybe it was because Brad Stevens actually played guys that made a difference in the game? What do I know, I’m not a coach or anything. But seriously, I hope Brad uses this game as a wake-up call to give minutes to the players that actually deserve them.
I won’t lie to you, there were many more positives this game than there were negatives. I mean, I guess it’s bad that the Nets scored 115 points? Boston scored 149, so I don’t think that’s too bad. The Celtics also had 57/51 splits, which is just insane. Everybody played at a high level and bounced back from last night’s loss.
In all honesty, Boston should’ve never had a problem against the Nets. I wouldn’t have guessed that they’d win by 34, but this should’ve always been an easy win for Boston. The real test comes on Friday against Toronto. I’m happy they dominated this game, so they allowed their starters to rest up and gave them momentum going into Friday’s matchup.