5 Takeaways From the Celtics-Spurs Including Jaylen Brown’s Smoked Layup


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The Celtics made a heartbreaking move for the Spurs on Wednesday.

Jaylen Brown watches as her game lay-up is to tie up the teeters but doesn’t fall. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Twice, Jaylen Brown nearly won Wednesday’s game against the Spurs for the Celtics by making an unprecedented defensive play.


Both times, the Celtics came up short in a way that was written to tantalize the Spurs falling 99–97 fans.

was the second most important. With five seconds remaining, Brown fought and joined DeJonte Murray as the Spurs tried to get inside their young guard. Murray could not free himself from Brown, and a jerk Jock Landell avoided a five-second violation by passing Brown directly, who streaked the other side.


Brown contested, however, hung on the rim for an extra second – long enough to throw Rob Williams’ effort over a tip – and fell off the edge.

After the game, Brown looked incredible.

“I smoked the f—ing lip,” he said, “but we’ll have to bounce back tomorrow.”


The first play was less directly linked to loss. The Celtics were almost in a position to foul, but Brown freed a ball from Derrick White in the backcourt and forced a jump ball. While White ultimately won the tip, the theft was the type of gruesome drama we’re used to seeing from Marcus Smart.

Brown – who had a game-high 30 points on 12-for-25 shooting – said it wouldn’t be difficult to compartmentalize and get back on track for Thursday’s game against the Knicks.

“As hard as this defeat was, we had to come back prepared tomorrow,” Brown said. “I’m ready to play.”


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– Jason Tatum admitted he was worried about his breathing after testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time. After his first bout, he required an inhaler for the rest of the 2020-21 season. However, this time he felt better.

“I wouldn’t say I was nervous, but last night, today, in anticipation it was definitely heavy on my mind, and it remained in the game,” Tatum said. “I questioned myself there. I was exhausted. But I definitely felt better than last time.

“We all have to get used to it. It’s part of the new normal. It’s not going anywhere. But I’m starting to feel better.”

Tatum finished with 19 points on Wednesday shooting 6-for-20. He finished off several powerful moves around the rim, but just went 1-for-6 from deep.

Before the game, Tatum was awarded With Udoka and Greg Popovich on their way to win Olympic gold this past summer. On the NBC Sports broadcast, Chris Mannix noted that Tatum could become the greatest Team USA player of all time, given how many cycles coincided with his career.

“He was special,” Tatum said. “I appreciate those guys. Getting a chance to see KJ and some of the other crew and pop as well. It was something that was a special bond that we’ll always have. It was a special thing that we were able to accomplish.” Were capable. Something that I will always remember. It is always good to see them and bring back good memories of last summer.”

– The Celtics’ offense closed again late, and Brown suggested the Celtics could play more through Robert Williams and Al Horford as a way to step up the offense and avoid the incompetent ISO set.

“I think even in this game when we went on good offensive stretches, the ball was coming from Al, coming from Rob, etc. and we were chopping, setting up the screen, and some of those actions How they were protecting us,” Brown said.

After a while, somewhat unconvinced, he continued.

“Those guys are great playmates and depending on how the teams defend us, it’s a way to look better and get some easy baskets, not to take everything apart or a hard drive to everything. And to kick,” he said. “We have to live with it sometimes, there are times we have the ball in our hands, etc., but playing through some of those guys is good for us and good for our team.”

Tatum said he can see “certain situations” when getting the ball out of his or Brown’s hands could be beneficial.

“I think it just depends on the flow of the game, who’s playing well, obviously, who they have in the game,” Tatum said. “It’s hard to say that we should do it every time, but there are situations where it will be beneficial for us and then there are situations where the guard should have the ball in his hands.

“Basketball is about reading and every play can have a different read. NBA teams are good at changing things up, giving you a different look. So you can’t do the same thing over and over.”

– Stats are not readily available, but it is hard to imagine a game with less combined effort free throws – 14 for the Celtics and five for the Spurs, especially after five matches for a team Season is short. 2021-22.

– Further evidence of the Celtics’ aggressive halt late in the game: Marcus Smart finished with six assists, all six of which came in the first half (and five of which came in the first quarter).

It’s a mild indictment of Smart (who, it should be noted, he missed a layoff needed to make it of late) and another nod toward the Celtics. At various times during the off-season, Brad Stevens has said that he is looking for players who can improve the best of the Celtics. With Smarts and Robert Williams on the floor, the Celtics outnumber opponents by 5.9 points per 100 possessions. With Smart and Brown, he outclassed opponents to 6.2. Only Tatum (1.9) seems largely unaffected by Smart’s minutes.

More late-game touches to smarts can encourage more ball movement in addition to driving the offense through the big one. To quote Tatum: “Basketball is all about reading and every play can have a different read. ,

The Celtics face the Knicks on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.