BOSTON -- Rookie ETwaun Moore made his postseason debut on Sunday as all 13 active members of the Boston Celtics took the court in their Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The 23-year-old guard clocked eight minutes in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-4 from the field while grabbing two rebounds in the Cs 101-79 win.
It was fun playing in my first playoff game, just getting a feel for it, he told CSNNE.com. I played a couple minutes. Even though it was at the end, there were still some things you learned.
Moore, the 55th overall pick in last summers draft, averaged 8.7 minutes in 38 regular season games and over 20 in the final four games before the playoffs.
All the while, he has prepared for each game as if he was going to play. He also stays locked in from the bench in case his name is called.
I just work harder (during the playoffs), he said. The scouting report is much more in-depth. Thats probably the biggest thing, paying attention to the scouting report. When Im on the bench, I just pay close attention to the game, the sets, the plays theyre running and the stuff were running. I know how much time is left, just being aware of whats going on.
Moore will take his eight minutes of playing time and use that experience for his next opportunity.
Its very intense, its hard, he said. For those couple of minutes there, everyones trying to play their hardest. Its similar from when I was watching, I could tell everyone was playing hard. I was like, youve got to be ready. I dont care how much time is left or what point it is in the game.