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After blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers by nearly 50 points in Boston on Sunday, the Celtics thought it best to let most of their key players rest at home for their final preseason game and let the young guys shine, and boy did they.

Rookie guard Carsen Edwards hit 8 threes in the third quarter for the Boston Celtics in their final preseason game of 2019. Photo via Cassy Athena 
Traveling to Cleveland for their second straight preseason matchup with the Cavaliers, the vast majority of the top half of Boston's roster stayed home including Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, and Daniel Theis.

However, that did not seem to matter as thanks to the Celtics' roster depth they still managed to pull out a 118-95 victory in the away game, clinching an undefeated preseason.
Relying mostly on their young players, the Celtics had a starting line up we will likely never see start together again, that being Brad Wannamaker, Carsen Edwards, Semi Ojeleye, Grant Williams, and Robert Williams III. 

At the center, Williams only ended up playing a total of 3 minutes as he took an elbow to the face by Cavs forward Kevin Love and was forced to sit out of the rest of the game due to concussion-like symptoms. Edwards also took an elbow to the head early on and was rushed to the locker room due to excessive bleeding. However, that would not be the last time we saw Carsen for the night. Not in the slightest.

Carsen Edwards would end up returning to the game and by the third quarter, he made his presence known to the world. He hit 6 straight three-pointers for Boston and finished the quarter with 8 in total. Scoring 26 in the third alone, Edwards would finish the night with a team-high 30 points in shooting 9-15 from three (60%) in the win.


While Carsen's performance was extremely entertaining to watch, another outing I think can't go unnoticed is that of fellow rookie point guard Tremont Waters, who scored 24 points off the bench (10-16 fgs) for Boston while also dishing out 7 assists in the process.

Another stand out was forward Javonte Green, who continues to show great potential in his crucial playing time. Tonight he played a total of 30 minutes in which he scored 16 points (6-10 fgs) and grabbed 9 rebounds.

It will certainly be interesting to see what Boston does with all of these talented and young players as the season inches closer and the roster gets tighter. That being said, I really do think it would be a shame to let a guy like Green go as I think he could add some value towards the end of a roster, if not more.

If you want to check out the entire box score from the Celtics' final preseason game of the 2019-2020 season click here, and you can also check out a full highlight reel of the game down below.


You can follow Thomass Desmond on Twitter @td_654.

Thomas Desmond 10/15/2019 11:57:00 PM Edit
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