On Saturday night, the Boston Celtics traveled north to take on the Toronto Raptors. While it was a closely fought game throughout, the Celtics prevailed and clinched a 106-104 win over the Raptors with Jayson Tatum sidelined.
In addition to Tatum’s absence (due to wrist injuries), both Marcus Smart and Robert Williams were injured and were out at half-time. Despite all of this, Boston took home the win, and after the game when asked about scoring opportunities, Jaylen Brown credited his team. He even said something he might not be allowed to say – he has his (probably metaphorical) money with the Celtics no matter what.
“I’m just playing the game” Brown to NBC Sports Boston. “I mean, I’ll let you guys decide what the options are. We’re not number one and number two, I just come out and play the game. The moment you start thinking that’s the moment I think you start doubting yourself or — there’s no need to come out and play the game differently than I usually do games And that’s how I see it. We were out tonight folks. Of course I would get more attention. But tonight we had boys stepping up. We had Payton [Pritchard] come out and play really well. Grant [Williams] came out and got hot. And we need that. We are a team. So, no matter who rolls the ball out or which team does what, I get my money’s worth with the C’s. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.”
As Brown noted, both Pritchard and Williams played great for Boston. Pritchard finished the night with 12 points – all in the fourth quarter – on 4-of-7 shots from the field that were all three points and tries. Meanwhile, Williams had a career-high 25 points and five boards in the regular season with 7-of-13 shots from the field and 4-of-6 shots from distance.
Brown also picked up the pace with Tatum. The Celtics star finished the game with 27 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals on 101-of-23 shots from the field and 4-of-8 shots from deep. Malcolm Brogdon also made an appearance, recording 23 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
As previously mentioned, both Smart and Williams suffered injuries during the game. Brown fell in William’s knee and Smart suffered a non-contact ankle injury. After the game, however, head coach Joe Mazzulla gave a positive update on both injuries. as reported by Jared Weiss of The Athletic.
“Joe Mazzulla said Rob Williams hyperextended his knee, but it’s nothing serious. Marcus Smart’s knee is doing well but his rolled ankle will be an everyday issue per Mazzulla at this point,” Weiss tweeted.
On the other hand, Pascal Siakam wasn’t happy after the game. He had a chance to level the game with a layup with less than 15 seconds left, but Al Horford picked up a huge block and forced a jump ball. That was Toronto’s last shot attempt of the game.
During his post-game press conference, Siakam called out Horford to some extent, saying that he thought it was a foul and that “a lot of hands” were involved in the game.
“To be honest, I don’t know” Siakam said via CLNS Media. “For me it felt like there were many hands. [It] could have gone either way. I thought it was a foul, but again it wasn’t announced. And I got the ball back, and I thought so [was] still in game. But I didn’t get it.”