Tag: Daniel Theis

Celtics Cruise by Nets, 116-95

The Boston Celtics won a wire-to-wire victory over a Brooklyn Nets team that never really looked like a threat throughout the game. The C’s crushed the Nets by 21 points, 116-95, winning their third consecutive game to start the New Year.

The Celtics had eight players in double figures led by Kyrie Irving who scored 17 points and dished out six assists. Second year forward Jayson Tatum continues his stellar play this season as he racked up 16 points along with four rebounds and four assists.

Boston’s Defense shuts down Brooklyn’s PG Duo

The Nets on the other hand didn’t look like a team that had just won eight of their last 10 games, their leading scorer D’Angelo Russell didn’t show up for Brooklyn. Russell came into last night’s game averaging 18.4 points per game and scored over 22 points in his last three games, but last night he had one of his worse performances of the year. Russell scored only five points on 2-6 shooting from the field and had six turnovers.

Sixth man of the year candidate, Spencer Dinwiddie, also had trouble scoring against Boston’s defense, he managed to score 15 points while shooting 40 percent from the field. What hasn’t been working for Dinwiddie this season is his three point shooting and last night was no different. On the season Dinwiddie is shooting 36 percent from behind the arc, against Boston last night he shot 1-of-6 from three.

Total Team Effort on Both Ends of the Floor

The Celtics came out strong in the first quarter, outscoring Brooklyn by 12 to end the quarter up 34-22. But as we’ve seen on multiple occasions with this Boston squad they’ve been having some issue holding a lead at the start of the third quarter. Against the Spurs they gave up 46 points in the third, against Minnesota they gave up 39 points and verse the Rockets they were outscored 35-31 in the third quarter.

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Kyrie Irving dances around Nets, Shabazz Napier. (Photo credit, MassLive.com)

Boston held an 11 point lead heading into halftime and in the third Brooklyn made a run that cut the deficit to five points with 9:39 remaining. It might have been the team Boston was up against, but they managed to reel a run of their own and end quarter up 12 points, 86-74.

Marcus Morris, Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward each scored 12 points, Terry Rozier contributed with 10 points and four assists and Daniel Theis scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench.

Boston will continue their home stretch as they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Indiana has won seven of their last 10 games and sits in the fourth seed in the east, just 2.5 games behind the first seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

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Celtics Lose Second Straight & Lose Baynes in the Process

After picking up eight consecutive victories the Boston Celtics have now lost two in a row and last night’s loss came against the Phoenix Suns, who hold the worst record in the western conference. Boston’s 111-103 loss came with a huge blow as they lost their backup center Aron Baynes indefinitely due to a broken hand suffered in the first quarter.

Injuries piling up for Boston

For Brad Stevens and the Celtics it seems like they’ve came across this issue before as the injuries continue to pile up. The C’s are already without Al Horford who has missed six games with a sore left knee and Marcus Morris is also sidelined with a sore right knee. Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown are also finding their way back into the rotation after missing a couple of games due to injury.

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With their starting and back-up centers out the Celtics were ripped apart in the paint by the young Suns. They lost the rebound battle 56-37 and gave up 20 second-chance points in the process. Phoenix on the other hand finished with 21 offensive rebounds, rookie Deandre Ayton finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds, Devin Booker dropped 25 points and T.J Warren chipped in with 21 points. 

Theis and Williams Need to Step-up at the Five Position

After Baynes went down Daniel Theis started in his place and might fill in the five position in the starting line-up going forward, but rookie Robert Williams will be seeing an increase in minutes with these injuries. On the court Williams and Irving seem to be building chemistry as they connected on two alley-oop plays during the game. “It’s the next-man up mentality, always,” Williams said. “Gotta be ready.” Irving has praised the rookie on his energy once he’s on the court, “I’ve played with a quite a few bigs. I had Timofey Mozgov. I had Tristan (Thompson) in Cleveland, when I was in college I had Mason and Miles Plumlee,” Irving said.

“Having a consistent lob threat at the rim where you can throw it around the rim and he can go get it, you can see how easy it is for me and Rob. Going in, people are stepping up on me, and he’s always a threat at the rim for offensive rebounds and lobs, so I love playing with Rob.”

Boston Celtics Win Five in a Row; Have they arrived?

Saturday night the Boston Celtics crushed the Chicago Bulls by 56 points, the Bulls fans showed their frustration as the Bulls were booed out of the United Center. With this win the Celtics have won five in a row and are scoring over 120 points throughout the five game stretch. Boston now finds themselves in the fifth spot in the east and six games behind the Toronto Raptors.

With Horford and Baynes Out, Theis Delivers

With injuries to Boston’s two starting big men in Al Horford and Aron Baynes, Brad Stevens had to go deep into his bench and start Daniel Theis while giving Guerschon Yabusele some minutes as well. Theis, the second year player from Germany, showed up for Boston as he scored a career high 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. NBA: Boston Celtics at Minnesota Timberwolves

This goes to show the type of luxury Stevens has in his roster, Theis is Boston’s third big man behind Horford and Baynes and to get this type of performance from him is huge for the Celtics.

Celtics Had Seven Players in Double Digit Scoring

Throughout the night it was looking like Boston was treating this game like a scrimmage as they continue to work out things themselves. Terry Rozier, Semi Ojeleye and Jaylen Brown combined for 40 points off the bench, Brown led the game in scoring with 23. Marcus Morris had 12, Jayson Tatum scored 18, Theis had a career high 22 and Kyrie Irving chipped in 13 points in 23 minutes.

Marcus Smart did his job on the defensive end as he took the assignment at guarding the Bulls leading scorer Zach LaVine. LaVine entered last night’s game averaging 24 points per game, but Smart completely shut him down. Smart held LaVine to 11 points while denying him the ball most of the game, which was part of the reason Chicago couldn’t get their offense going.

As the Celtics continue rolling we can’t overlook that this winning streak is occurring against non-playoff teams. It’s not until December 21 that the Celtics play a real contender in the Milwaukee Bucks, but for now Boston will continue their easy stretch of games as Stevens continues to fill in holes in his starting lineup.