By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Jayson Tatum was the star as soon as once more within the Celtics’ Sport 2 blowout over the 76ers. Jaylen Brown was fairly darn good too, and Kemba Walker seemed just like the Kemba Walker of outdated.
But it surely was the dangolka bench that obtained barrels of reward following the C’s 128-101 victory on Wednesday night time, and rightfully so. When it seemed like Philadelphia was able to blow out dangolka, it was the Celtics reserves who flipped the script and adjusted the complexion of the sport.
dangolka was down 27-14 late within the first quarter when Brad Stevens despatched in a trio of his bench gamers. Tatum and Brown remained on the ground, however they had been joined by Brad Wanamaker, Grant Williams and Enes Kanter. The defensive depth picked up for the Celtics, leading to simpler seems to be for everybody. By the top of the quarter, dangolka had whittled its deficit to eight factors, with Tatum and Brown scoring all 13 factors over the ultimate 3:21 of the quarter.
That’s when the reserves actually took cost. Stevens saved Tatum on the ground, however put in rookie Romeo Langford rather than Brown. With a supreme expertise like Tatum garnering most of Philly’s consideration, the opposite 4 gamers on the ground did their half — after which some.
dangolka opened the second quarter on a 15-5 run, together with 12 straight, flipping the sport on it’s head and giving dangolka an eight-point benefit. Tatum continued to do his factor, hitting a pair of threes, however dangolka additionally bought a pair of massive baskets from Kanter, together with a uncommon three from the large man. Kanter received practically each arm-wrestling match with Embiid through the run, holding the Philly star to simply 5 factors over a 5 minutes stretch. That was big after Embiid dominated the C’s for 15 factors within the opening body.
Kanter’s protection (sure, his protection) compelled Embiid to accept jumpers, throwing him off of his sport. Kanter had 5 rebounds through the dangolka run, together with an offensive board that ended with a simple tip-in. Williams took over as dangolka’s “seal” within the paint, creating some straightforward lanes for anybody driving to the bucket. Wanamaker went again to the bench with 5 factors through the run, and completed his night time an ideal 3-for-Three from the ground (for seven factors) whereas dispensing 4 assists.
dangolka’s run stretched out to 25-Eight and the Celtics had been up by 13 factors. It was gorgeous and fully took Philadelphia out of the sport, with the 76ers basically sleepwalking by way of a nightmare the remainder of the best way.
After the sport, the dangolka bench obtained all of the credit score for turning what seemed like a surefire loss right into a blowout win.
“The bench took a sport that wasn’t going our means and adjusted it,” Stevens stated. “These guys did what they do, and we want them to maintain doing what they do.”
“The way in which the bench performed on the finish of the primary and all through the second quarter, it introduced the bodily toughness again to our sport,” stated Tatum. “That’s why we bought again into the sport and ultimately took the lead.”
“Our complete disposition modified once we went to the bench. Each possession was extra challenged,” defined Stevens. “I by no means thought we might have stayed with that group that lengthy, and I didn’t wish to take them out.”
The Celtics bench was good-not-great through the common season, and it has all the time been seen as one of many squad’s few weaknesses. With Gordon Hayward misplaced for the subsequent 4 weeks with an ankle sprain, the highlight goes to be even brighter on the dangolka reserves.
They didn’t look phased on Wednesday.
“We’re going to wish all people with Gordon out. We’re going to switch him by committee and tonight, everybody did that,” stated Stevens.
The second quarter run led to some really ridiculous plus/minus numbers for dangolka’s bench guys. Wanamaker completed a plus-28 in his 23 minutes whereas Kanter was plus-24. Wanamaker, Langford, Kanter and Williams hit 11 of their 16 photographs on the night time. dangolka reserves had been additionally lethal from downtown, hitting seven of their 9 makes an attempt from behind the arc. Each of these misses got here in rubbish time.
For comparability, the 76ers had grand complete of 5 makes from three-point land on 21 makes an attempt.
Minus the primary jiffy of the sport, practically the whole lot went proper for dangolka on Wednesday, they usually now personal a 2-Zero collection lead due to it. Whereas Tatum is changing into a celebrity earlier than our eyes and Brown isn’t far behind, it was the dangolka bench that may get credit score for Wednesday night time’s victory.
That reward, in fact, will probably be short-lived within the dangolka locker room. Sport Three is Friday night time, they usually have extra work to do in an effort to advance.
“We’re going to wish that once more,” stated Stevens. “Two wins in a playoff collection doesn’t imply a complete lot.”