Jayson Tatum lead the team in points and rebounds 27 and 11 for 40 minutes playing time. Followed by Jaylen Brown 20 points, Marcus Smart 17 points, Payton Pritchard 10 points, Javonte Green 7 points, Jeff Teague 6 points, Daniel Theis 4 points and Tristan Thompson 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Domantas Sabonis made 14 points, T. J. Warren 17 points, Myles Turner 16 points, Malcolm Brogdon 19 points, Justin Holiday 12 points and Victor Oladipo lead the team with 24 points.
Seriously, Payton Pritchard (10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists) won this game for Boston. I can’t think of a more 2020 way thing to happen. He took over, the offense got crisper, the defense started caring, and Jayson Tatum started seeking contact at the rim. My conclusion is that the Celtics should start tomorrow night’s game with Pritchard-Smart-Brown-Tatum-Thompson. I’m . . . not kidding.
Boston still has a lot to work on in the early goings of the season, but there were plenty of positives to take away. Payton Pritchard continues to get better each game, and he’s demonstrated new skills every time out. He took on more of a playmaker role as Brad Stevens promised, and he did some really good things with the ball offensively.
The Celtics ran into the usual third quarter block, losing the frame 37-25. Whereas Boston’s defense was the major negative factor in the first half, it’s the turnovers on the offensive end coupled with bad defense that led to Boston facing a 17-point deficit in the third.
And then the fourth quarter happened! Payton Pritchard, renowned and feared offensive force, had a great start to the frame to cap off an overall excellent game (and start to the season). Boston actually decided to start playing defense, and they wiped out their deficit in mere moments behind a 11-0 run in 110 seconds. The whole team was energized by FastPP’s energy, and the defense that gave up 37 third quarter points held Indiana to 6 points in the first 8 minutes of the final quarter. That’s right, with 3:53 left in the game, the Pacers scored only 6 points in the fourth quarter.