Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker had a big night as the good guys struggled to keep up with the Celtics. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 22 while Patty Mills led the bench with 20 on an evening the Spurs shot well from deep but could not keep the Celtics’ frenetic offense at bay.
- Gordon Hayward looked like his old self, which was great to see until he unfortunately fractured his hand when he ran into LaMarcus Aldridge in the first half. Here’s hoping his recovery goes well and he gets back soon as Hayward’s early season success was good for the Celtics and the NBA.
- The Spurs’ defense was leaky all night and their offense was not as sharp as the previous game; the Celtics capitalized on sloppy turnovers and turned them into easy points.
- As it seems to be true most nights the past few years, when Aldridge is on, the Spurs do well overall. His inconsistency to start the season mirrors the Spurs’ inconsistencies as well.
- The Spurs’ three-point shooting was good all night, but they were still down double digits for most of the game because of poor defense and those pesky turnovers.
- In garbage time, the Spurs’ backups to their backups led by Dejounte Murray looked energetic and very spry. I hope it’s infectious and spreads to everyone on the team.
- Charlize Theron and Brad Stevens do not age at all. And I bet my 401k neither of them drink Budweiser. I don’t have a 401k so I can afford to make this bet!