OK, it was the Rockets, but so what? A thirsty person can’t turn down a glass of water because it came from the tap. The Celtics needed a fun win where they saw how playing the right away leads to good things. The ball moved, they turned up their defense in the second half, they got out in transition. We’re going micro on this one tonight. It’s a good win.
The Celtics dished a season-high-tying 35 assists. There was one possession in particular early in the game where Jayson Tatum was setting up for a classic iso move, but he ended up swinging the ball. Three other Celtics touched it, the ball got into the paint, and it ultimately swung back out to Tatum for a 3. Trusting teammates works.
We got our first taste of Fournier’s impact. This year’s Boston Celtics team comes in two flavors: furious comeback (when they are trailing after 3), or fourth quarter lull (when they lead). However, Brad Stevens decides to use Evan Fournier, having this one more weapon is a very welcome option.
At the 10:22 mark, Evan Fournier hit what would be the first of six 3-pointers in the quarter for him. The barrage would lead to a career-high seven in the game, and blow the game open.