Pregame Post-Ups: C's Second Unit Features Football-Like Physicality

Saturday, Jan. 4 - Celtics at Bulls

Pregame – C's Second Unit Features Football-Like Physicality

CHICAGO – There are a couple of Celtics players who could probably be suiting up for the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card round tonight if only they didn’t have a basketball game of their own to play in Chicago.

“Their second unit with (Brad) Wanamaker and (Enes) Kanter, it’s like two football players playing basketball,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen described ahead of tip-off. “They just bounce you around.”

C’s coach Brad Stevens seems to hold a similar belief, as he offered his own interpretation of the physical combo.

“I think what [Boylen’s] probably referring to is when Kanter is down there, he’s able to get rebounds through contact,” Stevens elaborated. “He’s able to finish plays through contact, he’s able to draw fouls, he’s able to do those types of things.”

“And then,” Stevens continued, “Brad is one of these big, strong, physical guards that, as the league has gotten bigger at that spot, has to be able to take some of those hits as you’re driving, whether it’s against a big or whether it’s against a guy trailing you off a pick. And Brad’s play has been a big reason why we’re where we are.”

Surely the physicality of both Kanter and Wanamaker would have translated well to the gridiron, but the Celtics are glad to have them suiting up for them on the hardwood instead.

- Taylor Snow

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