Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
One thing has been clear through six games of the regular season for the Boston Celtics: If their starting rotation has a difficult early going, their bench provides plenty of reliable alternatives to turn to.
The C’s have had a number of slow starts this season, and such was so Tuesday night in Milwaukee. However, the bench bailed them out en route to a 99-83 win.
Boston quickly found itself down 8-0, and then 17-6 by the midway point in the first quarter. The C’s needed to fill that gap before the Bucks’ lead got out of reach, so Brad Stevens turned to his bench.
The Celtics coach made his first substitution at the 5:37 mark of the first quarter, when he inserted Kelly Olynyk and Evan Turner to relieve Amir Johnson and Isaiah Thomas, who had a combined zero points and four turnovers to that point.
Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton made his free throw upon the substation to make it 18-6, but the Bucks would have trouble finding the net after that.
The Celtics mirrored Milwaukee’s lead for the remaining five-plus minutes, closing out on an 18-6 run of their own.
Olynyk took huge part in that run with seven points, which included a pump-fake, one-foot fadeaway two from the baseline, and a driving layup to tie the game 24-24 with 1.1 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
Jae Crowder added a half-dozen points on that run. He started at the 3 and seemed to benefit from the substitutions, as he scored all six of his first quarter points after Olynyk and Turner entered the game.
The combination of those three alongside Jared Sullinger and eventually Jonas Jerebko really hit it off as a group and allowed the C’s to hit stride, which in turn enabled them to eventually take off for the win.
Evan Turner wanted to put on a show for his family in attendance Tuesday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center, especially for his grandmother who was celebrating her birthday.
Her grandson made sure to make the trip from their hometown of Chicago worthwhile, and give her a birthday to remember.
Turner saw increased playing time due to the injuries of guards Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley, and made the best of it, filling up the box score to the tune of 13 points, a game-high six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
He added some rim-slamming action, highlight-reel passing and a half court circus shot (though it did not count).
Oh, and the swingman chipped in with an other-worldly plus/minus rating of plus-32 during his 28 minutes and 38 seconds of play, which proved that he’s not only a family man off the court, but also on the court with his Celtics teammates.
Box Score Nuggets
- Isaiah Thomas finished with a game-high 20 points, despite not scratching the scoring column until the second quarter.
- Greg Monroe led Milwaukee in points (17), rebounds (14), assists (4) and blocks (1, tied with Khris Middleton).
- Boston only got to the free throw line five times during the first half. It was a perfect 5-of-5.
- The C's shot 38-of-86 (42.2 percent) from the field. The Bucks went 30-of-73.
- Jae Crowder and Evan Turner combined for eight of Boston's 11 steals.
- The Celtics out-rebounded the Bucks 45 to 41, including a 26 to 15 advantage during the second half.
- Turner led the game with six assists, and a plus-minus rating of plus-32.
- Boston turned the ball over just 12 times, after coughing up the rock four times during the first six minutes.
- The Celtics had six players reach double figures in scoring (Crowder, Lee, Olynyk, Sullinger, Thomas and Turner).
- R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer early in the second quarter put Boston up 27-26 and would be the only lead change of the game.
- Boston held a 40-38 edge in points in the paint.
- Milwaukee shot 6-of-17 from 3-point range, while the C's went 7-of-30 from beyond the arc.
Quote of the Night
Everyone concentrates on what people can't do. [Evan Turner] can do a lot of things well.
Brad Stevens on Evan Turner's skill set.