Five Celtics takeaways: Escape from Brooklyn
It was far from a thing of beauty, but when you’re trying to rack up as many wins this time of year it really doesn’t matter.
The Celtics escaped Brooklyn with a 98-95 win and for them that’s all that really matters.
They played without Isaiah Thomas (knee), their leading scorer whose presence blankets the scouting report most teams have on Boston.
Without him, others had to step up and play roles that, for this game at least, might have been a bit more expansive than they’re used to.
Avery Bradley probably said it best when he commented after the game on how some Celtics probably didn’t think they would play at all, but wound up playing significant minutes in the victory.
And again, that’s all Friday’s game was about – finding a way to victory.
The Nets are the only team already eliminated from the playoffs, so it’s not like there’s a chance Boston will see these guys again in the postseason.
Throw in the fact that it allows others to see more time and thus gain some much-needed playing experience, and it all adds up to the Celtics getting all they wanted from Friday night’s game.
“It’s gonna bring a lot of confidence come playoff time,” Boston’s Jae Crowder told reporters after Friday’s win. “Isaiah [Thomas] can only do so much for us. He scores a lot for us. But sometimes it’s gonna be a tough night come playoff time. Someone else may have to step up. That’s what these moments like this, are going to help groom us into doing hopefully.”
Here are five more takeaways from Friday’s game: