When the Boston Celtics needed it the most, their savvy bench unit stepped up and bailed them out in Toronto on Saturday evening.
In a game that featured Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Rob Williams to not return in the second half, not to mention Jayson Tatum was inactive with left wrist management, the Celtics leaned heavily on their bench.
As a result, Malcolm Brogdon, Grant Williams, and Payton Pritchard all played over 25 minutes in this game and produced in every minute they were on the court.
In doing so, Brogdon, Williams, Pritchard, and Kornet combined for 62-points, outscoring Boston’s starters and Toronto’s bench and made 11-of-18 shots from 3-point range and grabbed 19 rebounds.
They stepped up in a huge way, securing the win for the Celtics in a way they might not have been able to last year.
Sam Hauser earned another DNP in this game as Pritchard has leaped him in the rotation for multiple reasons, the main one being inconsistency when Pritchard’s proven to be otherwise.
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