Jaylen Brown had another strong performance Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Cavaliers. So good, in fact, that he was the sole reason why Boston pulled away from the Cavs for a 118-72 blowout win.
The Celtics led by only five points before Brown opened up the second period with a 7-0 run all by himself. He initiated the run with a strong and-one layup off of a right-handed drive, after which he converted on his free throw attempt. Brown then slammed home a dunk and dropped in another driving layup to give him seven straight points through the first 1:50 of the quarter.
Boston’s run continued from there, as three more Celtics scored to advance the spurt to 13-0. Carsen Edwards canned a pullup jumper, Jayson Tatum made a driving floater, and Robert Williams slammed home an alley-oop dunk to push Boston’s lead out to 35-17.
The C’s never slowed down the rest of the afternoon. They eventually pulled ahead by as many as 54 points. None of their starters played during the second half, nor did they need to. Brown and his buddies took care of business early on in the second quarter.
For the second time in as many games, Daniel Theis made a strong case Sunday afternoon to be Boston’s starting center. He started for the second straight game and again served as a weapon at both ends during a Celtics blowout of the Cavaliers.
Theis totaled 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one block during 11 minutes of action. He made four of his five shot attempts and two of his three free throws to account for his scoring on the afternoon. Boston outscored Cleveland by 15 points while he was on the floor.
Truth be told, the big man’s impact was more significant than his box score line might indicate. He continued to showcase the ability to switch onto any position and hold his own. In fact, his one block was against Cleveland’s starting point guard, and he affected other shots by Cavs guards as well. His defensive versatility could be a game-changer for a new Boston defense that’s trying to find its way.
Theis has now started two straight games, and he’s played great during both contests. It doesn’t look like he’s going to give that starting position up anytime soon.
Box Score Nuggets
- Boston led by as many as 54 points during the win.
- Boston outscored Cleveland by 30 points during Jaylen Brown's 15-plus minutes of action, which equates to nearly a basket per minute.
- Six Celtics scored in double-figures, with all of them scoring between 10 and 14 points.
- The C's forced 27 turnovers.
- Max Strus, who earlier in the day was signed to an NBA contract, scored a team-best 14 points.
- Sindarius Thornwell was the only Cavalier who scored in double-figures. He scored 12 points..
- Both teams made 13 free throws.
- Seven Celtics combined to block nine shots.
- Eleven Celtics finished with a plus/minus rating of at least plus-10.
- No player in the game recorded more than four assists.
- Tremont Waters totaled 11 points and a team-best four assists.
- Cleveland shot just 7-for-40 (17.5 percent) from the field..
Quote of the Night
That's as good of a group of rookie workers that I've ever been around.
Brad Stevens on Boston's rookie class