A closer look at the Celtics' plus and minuses following a second viewing of their preseason-opening win against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night at the TD Garden.
Carsen Edwards: The 21-year-old (11 points on 4-of-9 FG in 17 minutes) may have been playing his first NBA game but he looked like a savvy veteran with some of his mannerisms on the offensive end. Watch this action here as he drifts from setting a screen to immediately shooting up towards the left wing around a Robert Williams’ screen.
CARSEN EDWARDS. WALKING BUCKET. pic.twitter.com/Yo7qPuRyLl
— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) October 6, 2019
The defense just has little time to react to this type of cutting without face guarding him. Factor in Edwards’ quick release on his jump shot and Charlotte did not have a chance to contest him much on his 3-of-6 shooting night from beyond the arc.
His ability to pull up deep from 3-point range came in handy as well. This semi-transition 3 again uses the bulk of a center (Enes Kanter) to create a window of opportunity quickly.
Carsen Edwards vs. Charlotte Hornets:
• 18 minutos
• 11 pontos
• 1 rebote
• 1 assistência
• 1 roubada
• 1 toco
• 4/9 FG (44%) | 3/6 3PT (50%)
— 4theWin (@_4thewin) October 7, 2019
The Celtics don’t have much reliable shooting coming off the pine right now. The rest of the reserves went 1-of-11 collectively from 3 against the Hornets. It remains to be seen whether Brad Stevens will stick with the starting five but Edwards has the inside track on a scoring energy spot off the pine. Combine that with some solid defensive pressure in the early going (one steal led to a layup) and this is about as good as you can hope to get from a second-round pick. He’s respectable on the defensive end despite a few miscommunications but it is his scoring capacity that’s going to keep him on the floor, especially when Boston goes with non-shooters at the center spot.
Javonte Green: The Celtics have had their eyes on Green for awhile according to team sources as he played on