Stars, studs and duds: Brown gets 'an education' from Carmelo

Stars, studs and duds: Brown gets 'an education' from Carmelo

Jaylen Brown left Cal after one season, but he’s still going to school every time he steps on the basketball court.

And New York’s Carmelo Anthony has doled out more than his share of lessons especially when he’s matched up against a rookie.

Anthony certainly showed Brown a thing or two when they were matched against each other, but ultimately Brown got what he wanted – more knowledge going forward and a 119-107 victory for the Celtics.

One of the first possessions in which Brown had to defend Anthony, Brown was trying to reach in to stay close to Anthony who immediately raised up for a shot, knowing he would get the foul called against Brown.

After the play, Brown appeared frustrated while Anthony walked to the free throw line, grinning.

“I’ve seen it so many times,” Brown said. “I probably watched it a thousand times. I knew what he was doing. I think everybody knew what he was doing, but for some reason I jumped off my feet. I was really mad at myself.”

Brown joins a long list of NBA players who have bit on a Melo pump fake and sent him to the line.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens sees a lot of positives for Brown to take from tonight’s game trying to defend Anthony.

“He got a little bit of an education early in the third quarter, which was … that was a really good thing, having to go and figure out best survive against Carmelo,” Stevens said. “And I think that’s why you get these opportunities throughout the year and the preseason and everything else. We all want 19-year-olds to be 28 overnight; it’s not going to happen.”

Brown still finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field.

Still, he knows he has to play better going forward with games like tonight’s victory over the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, one in which lessons were doled out that he hopes will be part of his blueprint for future success.

“I’ll better next time,” Brown said. “The more experience, the better you get.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Saturday’s win over New York.



R.J. Hunter

The second-year guard delivered when the Celtics needed him most. He led all players with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting, doing so in just 15 minutes.

Avery Bradley

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens shut him and most of the Celtics’ starters down at halftime. There wasn’t any point in playing Bradley more than that, as he scored 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Al Horford

While he’s not a perfect player, he was perfect from the floor with 12 points coming on 5-for-5 shooting from the field.  Horford also had three assists, three rebounds and two blocked shots.



Jae Crowder

Boston got hot in the first half from 3-point range, with Crowder leading the charge. He finished with 11 points which included knocking down three of his four 3-point attempts. Crowder also managed to dish out three assists.

Jaylen Brown

His versatility continues to stand out when he’s on the floor. Brown finished with 12 points off the bench. What really stood out was his ability to get into the paint and draw contact which led to a team-high eight free throw attempts.

Marcus Smart

Smart didn’t put up huge numbers, but he did deliver yet another solid performance at both ends of the floor. Smart had 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting with three steals and two rebounds.



Free throw shooting

If there was one area you can fault the Celtics for struggling with on Saturday, it was their free throw shooting. Boston was just 20-for-35 (57.1 percent) for the game.

Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Aggressive Al Horford was on the floor Friday night for the Boston Celtics, a good sign for a Celtics team that has been battered by injuries. 

As the oldest member of the team, the 31-year-old’s leadership has to become more example-driven as well as existing in the spoken word.

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Horford was on point for most of Friday’s 92-83 win over Orlando, a game that was far more lopsided in Boston’s favor than the final score might indicate.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

What was more telling was that Horford took a team-high 18 shots from the field, as clear a sign as you will find that Horford’s mindset on Friday was to attack Orlando’s defense early and often. 

And while it’s true that the Magic are one of the worst teams in the NBA, that doesn’t diminish the way Horford executed the plays called by head coach Brad Stevens as Horford played the role of primary scorer more often than usual, instead of being a major facilitator.

Having missed Boston’s previous two games, Horford was admittedly concerned if the lay-off might affect his conditioning. 

“Wind-wise I felt good,” Horford told reporters after Friday night’s win. “A little rusty on offense. But defensively I felt great. I felt our team came out with energy; just a good win.” 

A win that became a lot easier to get with Aggressive Al on the floor. 

 Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.



Terry Rozier: He continues to provide the Celtics with really solid guard play, with all-star guard Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) missing. Rozier had a game high-tying 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. 

Greg Monroe: The third quarter was when Monroe really began to take over the game. He finished with 17 points, 10 of which came in the third. 

Shelvin Mack: Not a lot to cheer about for Mack and the Magic who once again struggled in so many phases of the game. But Mack still managed to score 16 points. 



Al Horford: Having missed the two previous games, Horford was back in full force on Friday. He had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds

Boston rebounding: The Celtics control of the glass began from the outset and never really eased up. For the game, Boston grabbed 55 rebounds compared to just 40 by Orlando. 



Fourth-quarter Celtics: The only real blemish on an otherwise impressive performance by Boston, was the team’s overall play in the fourth quarter. Boston was outscored 31-17 and turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter. 


Celtics snap skid with dominant win over Magic, 92-83

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Celtics snap skid with dominant win over Magic, 92-83

The Orlando Magic are one of the few teams already eliminated from playoff contention. 

And on Friday, it didn’t take long to see why.

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The Boston Celtics didn’t waste any time taking control of the game and never letting up as they cruised to a 92-83 win.

Terry Rozier and Greg Monroe led the Celtics with 17 points each and Shelvin Mack had 16 points and seven rebounds for Orlando.  

With the win, the Celtics (47-22) snapped a two-game losing skid and improved their record since returning from the All-Star break to 7-3. 

Getting back on a winning track was just part of Boston’s motivation heading into Friday night’s game. 

With several key players out with injuries, the Celtics’ depth was once again on display from the opening tip to the final horn. 

In the first half, reserve guard Shane Larkin led the team in scoring with 10 points. 

And in the third quarter, backup center Greg Monroe was too much for the Magic to handle around the basket.

In the third, Monroe scored 10 of his 17 points off Boston’s bench. 

This was a game that the Celtics showed few signs of the kind of let-up we have seen them display against bad teams from time to time. 

But Orlando opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run that cut Boston’s lead down to 77-61 with 9:18 to play. 

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had seen enough and called a time-out. 

Orlando was able to chip away a little more at Boston’s lead which peaked at 24 points but was down to single digits in the fourth which provided a glimmer of hope that maybe just maybe, the Magic could get back in the game.

But when it mattered, Boston made the plays in the game’s closing moments to secure the victory. 

For the Celtics, the goal on Friday night was two-fold: find a way to win and come away healthy. 

Boston found success on both fronts, a refreshing change the Celtics hope to do more of going forward. 

Marcus Smart underwent surgery on his right thumb earlier in the day, which is expected to keep him sidelined for 6-8 weeks which would put his return to the floor at the earliest, sometime near the end of the first round of the playoffs or early into the second. 

Daniel Theis underwent season-ending surgery recently for a meniscus tear in his left knee.

And Boston played without Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness), but he might back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against New Orleans.

Al Horford returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to an illness, and he didn’t disappoint in finishing with a near double-double of 15 point and nine rebounds.