BOSTON – When Kyrie Irving is on the floor, defenses can’t help but gravitate towards him.
And that night-in, night-out pull creates lots of opportunities for his teammates to be aggressive offensively with little resistance from defenses.
And with so many different scorers, you never know who is going to have it going.
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On Wednesday night, it was Jaylen Brown whose early scoring put the Sacramento Kings in the kind of hole they could never dig themselves out of.
And with the rest of the Celtics getting in the act, the beatdown was on as Boston crushed the Kings, 113-86.
Brown, who had 22 points, shared game-high scoring honors with Irving.
And while Brown attributes his red-hot shooting to “just letting it fly,” that becomes a lot easier when teams spend so much time focusing on how to limit the impact of Irving as well as Al Horford who has gotten off to a strong start this season.
“Kyrie and Horford are going to draw so much attention, especially Kyrie,” Brown said. “I mean, I’m just licking my chops every time they double Kyrie or whoever so I’m just trying to stay as ready as possible, trying to take the pressure off them. They gotta guard me, Jayson (Tatum), (Marcus) Smart, and Terry (Rozier), too.”
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 113-86 win which extends the Celtics’ winning streak to six straight.
It was another night in which Brown got the job done at both ends of the floor. In addition to another strong job defensively, Brown also scored 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go with six rebounds.
He delivered yet another strong performance, tallying a game high-tying 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field.
The 36-year-old Randolph was easily the most efficient performer for the Kings. He led all Sacramento starters with 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting while grabbing five rebounds.
Few players on this Celtics roster seem to get more production in limited minutes, the way Theis does. He tallied his first career double-double, finishing with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with 10 rebounds.
Marcus Smart may be the engine of Boston’s second unit, but Terry Rozier is looking more and more like the man behind the wheel that directs the show. He led the Celtics scorers off the bench with 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting. And while it didn’t necessarily show up in the final stats, he did a nice job of making sure players were where they needed to be at both ends of the floor.
He finished with a team-high 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, but Hield has to do a better of taking care of the basketball. The Kings turned the ball over 15 times, with five of those miscues attributed to Hield.
The defensive-minded big man was anything but that on Wednesday. And his offense wasn’t any better as he scored just two points while missing three of his four shot attempts and grabbing just three rebounds. Boston had seven players who finished with as many or more rebounds than Cauley-Stein.