Kemba Walker, Team USA beat Aron Baynes and the Australian Boomers in exhibition match
Boston Celtics' forward Jayson Tatum playing in the Team USA scrimmage against the Australian Boomers. Photo via Quinn Rooney
Early this morning, Team USA faced off against the Australian Boomers at MARVEL Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The game was at 5:30 a.m. eastern time for us here in America, so it certainly was not an easy one to catch on a weekday morning. That being said, it was a memorable game as Team USA (though a bit rocky in the first half) ended up winning with a score of 102-86 and the Celtics' core once again filled the stat sheet.
In a change of pace for Team USA, Boston Celtics' shooting guard Jaylen Brown started for the first time alongside his newest Celtics' teammate Kemba Walker. In 20 minutes played, Brown finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, an impressive block early on and a shooting percentage of 55%, all of which was an improvement over his 9 point performance in Team USA's exhibition against Spain last weekend.
As the starting point guard, Kemba Walker led the team in scoring with 23 points to go along with another 6 rebounds and an assist all in 26 minutes of play. On the offensive side of the ball, he seemed to be unstoppable and his highlight reel shows it, as he could score with ease from anywhere on the court.
Kemba Walker scored a game-high 23 PTS in 26 MINS. #USABMNT
Celtic's guard Marcus Smart remained inactive for Team USA as he is still taking precautions for his calf concerns. However, he is expected to continue to stay with the team as they move towards their next game on Saturday.
In terms of Jayson Tatum's night, he continued his promising play. He too finished with a total of 11 points on 57% shooting along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. However, while all three Celtics representatives had strong nights as individuals, it was their time playing together in which they looked at their best. Combined, the three players scored almost half of the team's total points in the whole game (44.1 percent).
By my count, there were three stretches during which Kemba, Tatum and Brown were on the court together. Some of Team USA's best moments came during those minutes, including one game-changing run.
One of the game's most impressive highlights (if not the MOST impressive) was actually a play that involved the two Jays of team shamrock. Off of a tipped steal from Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris, Jayson Tatum got out on the fast break and put himself and Jaylen in a two-on-one scenario, which didn't end well for Australian guard Nathan Sobey.
While the strong alley-oop finish by Jaylen Brown sealed the deal for Team USA late in the fourth quarter, the Australian Boomers still had a pretty strong night keeping it somewhat competitive.
San Antonio Spurs' point guard Patty Mills played a long 28 minutes in which he scored 19 points and had a few big three-pointers. International guard Chris Goulding totaled 19 points as well off of 50% shooting from the field (6-12) on top of his impressive 66% shooting (4-6) from beyond the three-point line. Former Celtics' center and fan-favorite Aron Baynes started for the Boomers and in almost 20 minutes had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Despite this, Team USA still came out on top and their leader Kemba Walker seemed extremely excited and happy with the results after the game had ended.
If you want to see more highlights from the Team USA scrimmage against Australia in Melbourne check out the video down below. USA's next exhibition will be a rematch of today's game this Saturday in MARVEL stadium at 12 am eastern time.