Nuggets big man Mason Plumlee found himself with a tough choice in the final minute of Wednesday’s game against the Celtics as he matched up against Jaylen Brown on a switch.
If he got too close, the athletic wing would blow by him for a basket. If he backed off too far, he would sacrifice a wide-open corner 3-pointer. He had to pick his poison on a night that Brown (26 points on 9-of-12 field goals, 3-of-4 3-pointers) was punishing the Nuggets from inside and out. Plumlee gave him space and Brown drilled the jumper in his face, putting the nail in the coffin for the C’s eventual 124-118 win over Denver.
“I thought we were trying to wind the clock down,” Brown said of the shot afterward. “And then I looked over at Coach, and he looked at me like (shoot it) because I was wide open. So I said all right, let it fly, and it went in.”
That confidence from Brad Stevens in Brown’s shot comes with good reason.