Wallace doesn't have to score to impact Celtics

Wallace doesn't have to score to impact Celtics
November 12, 2013, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON — From the moment training camp opened for the Celtics, Gerald Wallace would not be ignored. He wowed his teammates and the coaching staff with a sometimes reckless brand of basketball that puts a greater premium on diving for loose balls over dunking.

You don't get a nickname like "Crash" for nothing, right?

And while it doesn't always amount to huge scoring numbers, Wallace's style of play goes a long way towards winning games. The Celtics know this all too well following Monday's 120-105 win over Orlando.

Wallace came off the bench and played just over 19 minutes, dishing out five assists to go with three steals.

And points scored? That would one. One point

But as we've seen from Wallace, the only point he seems to care about is pointing the Celtics towards winning games. And he does that in many ways, some of which result in him providing little if any points scored. His impact is felt most in his defense, hustle and physical play.

In Monday's win, Wallace had five assists and three steals. But of the data that speaks to Wallace's impact, none seemed more significant than the his plus-minus ratio for the night being plus-20 which was, not surprisingly, tops on the team.

"Plus 20 (are the) only points I care about," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "He's been nothing but an energizer off the bench."

And he's been getting the ball to others as well which, evident by him averaging 3.6 assists per game which is second on the Celtics to Jordan Crawford's 4.3 per game.

"I don't draw as much attention as I used to," said Wallace, 31. "A lot of my assists come off the break, or in post-ups where I got mismatches."

And while those mismatches don't necessarily lead to points for Wallace, that's OK with him. Because for Wallace, scoring wins -- not points -- is the priority now.