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This all started on November 26, 2018 when Marcus Smart was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Jaylen Brown. Boston had a record of 11-10 at that time and have gone 14-5 since. The Quality Quartet of Gordon Hayward, Jaylen brown, Terry Rozier and Daniel Theis have thrived on the second unit, and so has the team.



The backup foursome accounted for 60 points, 23 rebounds and 13 assists in last night's win over the Pacers. Jaylen Brown came through with 22 points in 28 minutes, while adding seven boards and three assists.

Since November 26, the Quartet has averaged 23 minutes per game, while scoring 44.4 points per contest and grabbing 18 rebounds/game. For the same span, the foursome is shooting 48%/38%/81% on field goals, threes and free throws, respectively.


The Boston Celtics are a solid 9-deep team. As one of our readers, Old Dog, has mentioned, both Jaylen and Terry have been spotted moping around at times due to their reduced roles this season, and I agree with that. But their increased minutes and production lately have allowed the starters to rest in preparation for the post-season.

Gordon has simply persevered and improved as the season progressed. Daniel's 12 points, six boards and two blocks in only 17 minutes are representative of his value lately. Can any of our readers name a better second unit among the other 29 NBA teams?

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Tom Lane 1/10/2019 07:18:00 AM Edit
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