The Boston Celtics leaned heavily on Noah Vonleh on Saturday night against the New York Knicks in a game that featured no Al Horford or Luke Kornet for the Celtics.
This was the first game Vonle’s played in since they played the Wizards game on Oct. 30th as head coach Joe Mazzulla has utilized his versatile guard depth to run smaller lineups more often than not, which has impacted Vonleh’s minutes.
Vonleh was the first big off the bench and put in 16 minutes, finishing the night with seven points and a team-high seven rebounds, three offense and four defense.
Rebounding and second chance opportunities has been a missing element on the Celtics without Rob Williams to start the season but Vonleh was able to bring it to the table.
Vonleh finished with a +20 on the night, tied for a team-high with Malcolm Brogdon. He impacted the game positively and even connected on a 3-pointer to help set a franchise record for most 3’s made in a game.
Jayson Tatum expressed how great he thought it was for Vonleh to get an opportunity after the hard work he puts in everyday. This is another level of leadership we’re seeing from Tatum and it’s great to see.
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