Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Ex-Lakers star sounds out as Celtics ‘connected’

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After the Boston Celtics defeated the New Orleans Pelicans on November 18, Brandon Ingram was asked why they were so difficult to defend on offense. Ingram praised the Celtics for how well they work as a unit due to their continuity at both ends.

“Because they’re connected, you can tell they’ve been playing together for a long time. In their offense you can see how the guys move when they are in isos and how the offense is just fluid. They’re quite connected on defense, so it’s just a really good team.”

Ingram also pointed out what the Celtics accomplished and who they didn’t play with when they played the Pelicans.

“This team was just in the finals,” said Ingram. “Of course it was tonight without Marcus Smart.”

The Celtics were also without Robert Williams III and Danilo Gallinari, but they’ve been out since the start of the season.

Ingram played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 2016 to 2019 before being traded to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis. Ingram made the 2020 All-Star Team.

Jaylen Brown, who was picked right after Ingram in the 2016 NBA draft, addressed the Celtics’ revenue woes as they faced the Pelicans during his post-game press conference.

“Just being sloppy at basketball, you know? We came out well, took an early lead and took our foot off the gas a bit,” said Brown. “And that’s something we have to challenge ourselves to do throughout the year – keep our foot on teams’ necks, don’t let up, don’t let them get back into the game. We could still win, but we have to do better and monitor that.”

The Celtics rotated the ball 17 times against the Pelicans, and Brown himself was the main culprit in this problem, being responsible for seven of the 17 turnovers. Brown is averaging a career-high 3.3 turnovers this season, which is also the highest among players on the Celtics roster.

In his post-game interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Abby Chin, Brown singled out White for aggressively handling the ball after the Celtics defeated the Pelicans.

“I love it when D-White is aggressive,” Brown said. “It’s better for our team. He’s a really good player and when he finds that aggressiveness it makes the game easier for everyone else. D-White carried us tonight and we won.”

White finished the game with 26 points in 9-on-12 shooting, including 6-on-8 from three. He also led the team plus/minus, posting a plus of 21. White was the Celtics’ second-highest goalscorer behind only Brown.

During the season, White’s shooting ratings are improved compared to what he endured with the Celtics last season after being acquired at the NBA Trade Deadline. This season, White shoots 47.1 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from three. Last season he shot 40.9 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from the three.

Things didn’t get much better in the playoffs, as White shot 36.4 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three.

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