Unexpected Performances in Game 82
The last game of the NBA season can be an opportunity for teams to rest rotational players and give others A LOT of minutes. Wednesday was no exception for the Celtics.
Here are some memorable (or not) performances in Game 82 in recent years...
2004 - Marcus Banks
Marcus Banks was a highly drafted point guard for the C's. His speed and athleticism never equaled success in Boston or the NBA, but in 2004 in Game 82, Banks scored 28 points while dishing out 5 assists in the Celtics 137-132 win over Atlanta.
2007 - Allan Ray
Allan Ray (not Ray Allen) was a shooting guard drafted by Boston in the 2nd round out of Villanova. He didn't get much playing for the REALLY bad Celtics of 2007. In the final game of the year, Ray scored 18 points in a 91-89 loss to the Pistons.
About 2 months after this forgettable night, the Celtics were able to trade for Ray Allen.
2008 - Leon Powe
The 2008 Celtics cruised to the best record in the NBA on their way to winning their 17th banner, and in the final game, Leon Powe showed a glimpse of the contribution he would then make during the rest of the postseason. Powe had 27 points with 11 rebounds as Boston beat New Jersey, 105-94.
2011 - Sasha Pavlovic
The Celtics acquired Pavlovic in 2011 as a veteran wing off the bench. In the last game of the 2011 season, Pavlovic had 19 points as the C's beat the Knicks 112-102.
2015 - Luigi Datome
The little known Datome came to Boston at the NBA trade deadline along with Jonas Jerebko. Datome instantly became a fan favorite. In Game 82, Datome scored 22 points as the C's beat Milwaukee, 105-100.
2018 - Aron Baynes
Baynes served as a starter and key part of the Celtics defense all year long. Tommy Heinsohn fell in love with Baynes' physical presence early, describing him as "all of Australia". In the C's final game of the 2018 season, with Boston locked into the 2nd seed in the East, Baynes had a career night, scoring 26 points while grabbing 14 rebounds in only 20 minutes.
2018 - Jonathan Gibson
Jonathan Gibson scored 18 points in a meaningless season closer against the Brooklyn Nets, alongside teammate Aron Baynes who had 26. Gibson's 2018 stint with the Celtics was short lived, but he returned to the team a year later, on April 9th, 2019 — just in time for another potential lights -out Game 82 performance.