Jaylen Brown puts on a show in career-night: The swingman only needed two and a half quarters to post a new career-high, as he hit 42 points in just 29 minutes in what was easily the best performance of his career during Boston's 19-point win. Brown shot the lights out from all over the floor, knocking down 15-of-21 shots from the field, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc to pace Boston’s offense in a dominant blowout win against the Grizzlies. Brown also added five rebounds and a team-high four assists in the victory, giving the C’s an extra cushion early that was much needed after a tough front half of the back-to-back in Indiana on Tuesday night.
Celtics dominate from start-to-finish: The Celtics have had their hands full in the first four games of the season with playoff opponents but they caught a shorthanded Memphis team at the right time with three of their top players (Morant, Jackson, Winslow) all sidelined. The Celtics built up a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter and did not look back, pushing up to advantage to as many as 30 in the second half behind some far improved defense and Brown’s career night. Four different Celtics starters scored in double figures despite the abbreviated night for everyone (no one played over 29 minutes). The extra rest should come in handy with the C’s playing their busiest stretch of the season with five games in seven nights through next Monday.
Tristan Thompson gets a night off: The veteran big man rested his hamstring on the second half of a back-to-back, allowing Jeff Teague to slide into the starting five and give the C’s a smaller look with that group. The inferior competition makes it tough to judge the new look too much but the offense seemed to find a different level with the starters using small ball.
First Half Notes