Following the Boston Celtics’ loss to the Chicago Bulls on November 21, Malcolm Brogdon shared with the media his thoughts on the team’s approach to the game during a post-game press conference.
“I think we are such a top-class shooting team from the bow, we rely on that. And I think we need more balance, especially if those threes don’t fall. When we’re not shooting out there we have to be able to play inside the arc and still defend safely, that’s one thing that can’t slip no matter how we shoot the ball on offense,” Brogdon said.
During his post-match press conferenceMarcus Smart, who was playing his first game back since recovering from an ankle injury, noted how Boston’s inability to convert his shots from deep negatively impacted their defensive intensity.
“When they shoot and you don’t, it’s hard to beat them… It puts a lot of pressure on your defense when you don’t shoot… It’s part of the game, you’re going to have nights like that. You know we just gotta find a way, tonight we didn’t. Learn from it and move on to the next one,” Smart said.
Smart struggled as he shot the ball against Chicago, going 3-of-9 from the field and 2-of-5 from deep, but he helped the Celtics keep the ball moving and registered eight assists to go with his one steal and to keep up with a blocked shot.
In a game that saw the Celtics trail behind almost from start to finish, interim head coach Joe Mazzulla decided to shift heavier minutes to his primary rotation, limiting the impact of bench rotation throughout the competition.
After the Celtics lost CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith tweeted about Boston’s overuse of its star playersand questions the reasons for putting such a grueling workload on their shoulders so early in the season.
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Grant Williams and Marcus Smart all logged nearly or more than 35 minutes throughout the game, with Malcolm Brogdon also seeing the pitch for 25 minutes. Typically, Mazzulla spreads the workload a bit more, giving plenty of playing time to the likes of Sam Hauser, Luke Kornet and Derrick White, and with all three playing at a high level in recent weeks it’s debatable why their roles were suddenly limited against Chicago.
Boston has a chance to get back into the Victory Column on Wednesday, November 23 when they take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.