The absence of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter created over 80 minutes of available Playing Time to be distributed among the remainder of the team … then starting center Daniel Theiss was whistled for two personal fouls in less than four minutes.
But surprise starter Grant Williams (3-for-4 on treys after a shaky start), Semi Ojeleye, Javonte Green (a team-high three offensive rebounds) and even Big Vince P (a meaningful 10 minutes, the longest stint of his young career) pitched in a combined 86 minutes of steady, productive effort (19 points and 15 boards).
Kemba Walker celebrated his first starting ASG selection with a spectacular 37-point effort in the face of his long-time coach Steve Clifford – BTW, KW is posting his career-best FG% this season – while Gordon Hayward contributed a nifty 22 – 14 double-double.
Boston’s defense held Orlando to 40% overall FG shooting – the same rate at which the C’s converted their own three-pointers.
Hats off to Coach Brad Stevens, who corralled his 300th regular-season victory as the Celtics’ bench leader.
The number of “possessions” is an accurate count, not a formula-based estimated value. For purposes of clarity, the bracketed digit following the FT% is the exact count of “conversions” represented by those FTA’s.
“Possessions” calculation: FGA’s + FT conversions + TO’s – OR’s (including Team OR’s) – FT OR’s
“Conversions” calculation: FG’s + FT conversions
“Stripes” calculation: 3FG’s – missed FTA’s
TS% = True Shooting Percentage
PPP = Points per Possession
CV% = Conversion Percentage
Abacus Revelation for the Road
Despite Coach Stevens limiting himself to a nine-man rotation in a game devoid of “garbage time,” no Celtic logged 40+ minutes of playing time against the Magic.
To date this season, only four C’s – Hayward, Smart, Tatum (twice) and Brown – reached that work-rate, two cases of such “hard labor” occurring in Boston’s OT loss to the Clippers.
Oddly, Boston is on a seven-game LOSING streak when a player surpasses 40 minutes of PT – that dubious run of bad luck dates back a full 12 months to Jan. 26, 2019 vs. GSW at the Garden.