Celtics keep rolling despite injuries: With four key rotation players (KyrieIrving, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes) sidelined, the end of Boston’s five-game winning streak seemed likely against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Boston’s underdog mentality that was prevalent throughout last season emerged yet again, however, as the undermanned Celtics took it to the Pelicans on both ends of the floor despite 41 points from Davis. Marcus Morris led the way with a season-high 31 points while Jayson Tatum added 21 points to carry the scoring load with the team's All-Stars sidelined. Jaylen Brown shook off a rough first half to score 19 points off the bench as Boston cruised to their sixth straight victory.
Robert Williams shows extended glimpse of his potential to lead bench unit: The rookie was shuffled into a backup role with three bigs and he made the most of his opportunity in a career-high 26 minutes, posting seven points, a team-high 10 rebounds and three blocks, including a couple swats on Davis in post-up situations that had the Garden crowd buzzing. His contributions were reflective of a terrific effort by the bench with Semi Ojeleye (11 points, 6 rebounds) and Brad Wanamaker (4 points, 4 assists) also chipping in to keep the Pelicans’ defense on their heels all night.