His production aside, he drew some of Atlanta's "paint packing" big men outside, allowing space to open up for Isaiah Thomas to bust out and drop 42 points. Isaiah referenced that in his post game, and referred to Jerebko's presence as a "difference maker". Spacing aside, he also did this to start the game.
JONAS! (if you missed it) https://t.co/q8kLmIR9hV— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 23, 2016
Pretty good shot in the arm for a crowd that was already frothing.
In Game 4 his presence was still felt, as again he played 30 minutes, this time putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds. His highlight this game was his performance at the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th quarter. With the series and game in the balance and the Celtics trailing by 11, Jerebko went off.
Was 73-62 Hawks w/ 1:24 left in 3rd. Jerebko then scored 10 points in 2 min (w/ 2 from Turner also) & Celtics led 74-73 after 39 sec of 4th.— Mark Van Deusen (@LucidSportsFan) April 25, 2016
That run by the Celtics was incredibly timed and incredibly needed, and it was ignited by Jonas. He has played 2 huge games for the Celtics with their season hanging by a thread, and has also put himself in some elite company with his back to back double-doubles.
#Celtics w/back2back playoff double-doubles(since1984) KG, Rondo, Perkins, Antoine, Pierce, Bagley, Ainge, DJ, McHale, Bird, Parish, JEREBKO— Adam Lowenstein (@StatsAdam) April 25, 2016
Credit to Jerebko for being ready to take on a challenge like this, both minutes wise and responsibility wise. Also, credit to Brad Stevens for pushing the right button, and pushing it early enough. Adjusting a starting lineup is a tough call for a coach to make, especially in the playoffs, and at any point a dice roll like that can come up snake eyes. This time it didn't, in no small part due to Jonas.
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