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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.