Celtics

Celtics

Evan Turner’s heave from beyond half court that went in after he was fouled in the first half was yet another basket for the Boston Celtics that didn’t count.

But that was OK.

Turner made more than enough plays that actually counted in Boston’s 99-83 win over Milwaukee.

The 6-foot-6 Turner came off the bench and scored 13 points, 10 of which came in the second half when Avery Bradley (left leg injury) was unable to return.

It was yet another game in which Turner’s play proved why head coach Brad Stevens has such a tremendous amount of confidence in his game and ability to impact the Celtics positively.

“He can do so many things,” Stevens told reporters after the game. “A lot of people focus on the things people can’t do; he can do a lot of things. He does a lot of things well.”

Especially when he’s given the opportunity to be the primary ball-handler akin to the role he had last season.

But those opportunities have been fewer and farther between with the emergence of Marcus Smart who has missed the last three games with a left big toe injury.

Turner’s role might continue to be expanded when the Celtics host the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night at the TD Garden, a game in which both Smart and Bradley are questionable.

“He’s a good player,” Stevens said.

The Celtics had quite a few good players in Tuesday’s win which snapped the Bucks’ four-game winning streak.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Tuesday night’s game.

 

STARS

Evan Turner

He continues to play whatever role he’s asked to play, at a relatively high level. He had 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals with most coming in the second half when Avery Bradley (left leg) was lost for the night. And while he only played 29 minutes, he had an unreal plus-minus of plus-32 which was tops among all players.

Kelly Olynyk

He only had 11 points, but there was no denying Olynyk’s impact on the game. Like Turner, the Celtics were a better – much better – team when he was in the game. His plus-minus on the night was an impressive plus-24.



STUDS

Jared Sullinger

He’s still not playing major minutes, but Sullinger continues to make the most of the time he’s on the floor. Sullinger’s play was instrumental in the first half when the Celtics erased a double-digit first quarter deficit to eventually take control of the game. He had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, doing so in just 20 minutes.

R.J. Hunter

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens wisely gambled on Hunter’s length being able to help Boston against a Milwaukee team whose length is their strength. The 6-foot-6 guard had a career-high seven points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds which was also a career best mark.

Jonas Jerebko

The numbers weren’t great, but Jerebko did a lot of nice things – especially defensively – that don’t show up in the usual post-game stats. He had six points and three assists, in addition to a defensive rating of 82.5.

DUDS

Isaiah Thomas

He led the Celtics in scoring with 20 points, but he shot just 6-for-20 from the field and had a number of blown defensive assignments. Thomas also had a team-worst plus-minus of minus-12.

Khris Middleton

The Bucks look to him to help space the floor with his perimeter shooting. He was getting shots, for sure. But making them was an entirely different story. Middleton finished with 13 points on 3-for-12 shooting.