Game 1 was a DOOZY folks!
Let’s start by taking a gander at this insane Box Score:
Not ideal to have 4 guys logging 45+ minutes on Night Number 1.
Obviously the hero of the night was Jaylen Brown. A Celtics opening game record 46 points, including this nutso 3 to get the C’s to OT:
Brown played 46 minutes on Quarantine Legs folks. That alone is worthy of all the praise. Just an absolute guts-on-the-floor performance by JB. And ever last second was needed with the reverse image piss poor performance turned in by Jayson Tatum.
There’s rough nights and then there’s 2-15 from three. That’s a whole nother level of rough. That’s Brillo pad stuff. That’s barefeet on jagged rocks. That’s sand in the eye, rakes in the face Groundskeeper Willie style. Not good is what I’m saying.
Here’s the 19 year old himself on his tough night:
Yes Taco Jay I think we all agree, 1 of those a season is more than enough thank you very much.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Brothers Williams both shined. Grant basically willed the Celtics back into the game in the 4th and it’s not a stretch to say that Rob had his best performance of his NBA career last night. 5-5 from the field, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 blocks over 45 minutes along with some real shutdown D on Julius Randle exactly when Boston needed it. This is the Rob Williams Force of Nature we have been dreaming about. If he can maintain even 75% of this level of effectiveness night in and night out, that’s a major major major turn of events.
The other mildly pleasant surprise was the play of Romeo Langford. O’ for where art tho Romeo is no longer (hopefully) if we can get double digit scoring in an efficient manner on the regular.
Yes in the end the Boston Celtics still walked away with a hard fought L in the first game of the season but the way things went down and the improvements we say give more than a glimmer of hope for a surprising and competitive run through the Eastern Conference. The GreenTeamers are going to be in the thick of it, you best believe that folks.