Everything you need to know about Boston's 121-113 win over the L.A. Lakers, with BSJ insight and analysis.
What a night for Jaylen Brown. Brown is the first Celtics player with 40 points on 85% shooting in a game in franchise history. He almost wasn’t, but the bench collapsed and forced him back into the game and he picked up the last couple of points to complete his 40-piece. There’s no other way to put it, Brown got whatever he wanted and he cashed in.
Bench embarrassment. This is the second time this season the Celtics have had to reinsert the starters because the bench blew a garbage time lead. They couldn’t hold on to a 27 point cushion, and while it allowed Brown to make history, they were lucky no one got hurt in the final minutes.
It got too sloppy... again. The Celtics turned the ball over 21 times, their fourth 20+ turnover game.
“We have a tendency to be loose with the ball, and we have to stop that,” Brad Stevens said after the game. “Our best teams have always been in the top five of turnovers. It’s always been Kemba’s team’s strengths, as a point guard of teams. And we have to make sure that we do a better job of taking care of the ball as a team.”
The Celtics have actually won three of those four high-turnover games. That’s not a stat that will hold up.
“It will bite us in time, whether it’s Saturday night against Golden State, because they make you pay - turnovers become three points on the other end,” Stevens said. “But it’ll bite us if we don’t clean it up, for sure. We’ve got to clean it up. Can’t keep playing like that and expect to win.”
The jump ball? Boston jumped out to a 14-2 lead right out of the gate. We can also pick any time in the game the starters returned to clean up the mess made by the bench. The starters scored 92 of the 121 points, while Boston’s bench was outscored 69-26.