Skip to main content

Boston Celtics: Walker stars as Team USA gets close win over Turkey, 93-92

Two Boston Celtics contributed heavily to a very close 93-91 victory over Turkey in World Cup competition. The Turkish crew proved very tough for the Americans to handle, but Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum came through for Team Shamrock and Team USA.

The first half ended with Team USA up by five points with a score of 47-42. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were the big guns for the USA. Tatum racked up five points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Kemba scored five points, grabbed two boards and passed off for three assists. Ersan Ilyasova was high man for Turkey with 15 points in the half, to go with four rebounds.

At the 0:04 mark of the third quarter, Walker went into the game for Marcus Smart and hit a last-second prayer of a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. The score at the end of the third period was 65-61 in favor of Team USA. Myles Turner's play in this game through three quarters was sensational, pouring in 11 points and taking down eight rebounds.



Kemba wasn't just racking up points, rebounds and assists in this one. His dogged defense was also on display, as seen in the video below:



Turkey tied the score at the 6:01 mark of the fourth quarter. Ilyasova continued to plague Team USA putting in a layup and then a tip-in in the final minute of the fourth period. The period ended in an 81-81 tie as Tatum made 2-of-3 critical free thows.





The 5-minute OT period was a nail-biter. A defensive rebound by Jayson (Team-high 11 boards for the game) in the closing seconds and two free throws by Kris Middleton sealed the victory. Marcus Smart (5 points, one assist) and Jaylen Brown (one point, one rebound) were both quiet for Team USA. Turkey's Ersan Ilyasova was a major factor in this contest being so close, ending with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Follow Tom at @CelticsSentinel and @_Celtics_Center





Comments

  1. Here's an edited version of my CL comment:

    I set my alarm for just before 5:30 AM Pacific Time and finally watched one of these. Pop seemed a little pissed off at Brown for good reason. In the first half, on defense, instead of putting his arms straight up, he touched the shooter's arm after a shot in the post that didn't go in. Pop yelled--you could read his lips--and put his own arms straight up to illustrate. Then Brown missed the front end of two free throws by simply not focusing, and then he missed another, this time one of those International Rules 1-shot fouls where the shooting team keeps the ball after the shot.

    Tatum, even though he only shot 3 for 11, was making good basketball decisions out there. His 11 rebounds was particularly impressive, as those Turkish players can jump and some are big--our 7'0" 2008 draft pick, Semih Erden, was in there banging, as were some others.

    Turkey is a damn good team, well coached. As we saw in Philly when he hit that game-tying shot against us in the playoffs in 2018 (the infamous 'confetti' loss for Philly), Ilyasova is clutch, all class. If Osman isn't ice-cold early or if the Turkish players make a couple of those missed late free throws, they would have won, and they deserved to.

    They played unselfish team ball (except for the American-born Wilbekin who helped them lose with a late, hero-ball offensive foul), while except for Kemba and Tatum, who were unselfish, we had too many individuals trying to be heroes--including Donovan Mitchell, who had a negative plus-minus. Miles Turner's late turnover that almost cost us the game was also 'hero ball' to me, anyway, as good as he looked early.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great feedback. I had to go with USAB.com's play-by-play and Twitter updates. Didn't get to see it directly. Losing to Australia in exhibition and coming close to losing to Turkey is not a good sign. Will definitely add some of your input in today's article. You offer some of the best analysis out there. Ever think of writing at least an occasional article? Thanks again. What do you think should be done with Brown - by both Pop and Brad?

      Delete
    2. I've always liked Brown, but his head isn't always in the game properly. Youth, or having an intelligent but wandering mind? I don't know. Maybe working a bit with Pop, who seems to be more of a screamer than Brad, will help Jaylen. I hope so. He also drove hard early, and the drives looked good, but the his shot didn't quite fall. This is a contract year for him.

      As for watching the game, I did exactly what Jay King says he did on a recent Locked On Celtics. I signed up for ESPN Insider more than a year or two ago, paid some minimum once, never (at least as far as I am aware of) renewed, and yet they keep giving me both ESPN Plus and ESPN Insider and mailing me their magazine.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Sign the Petition! Let's honor Tommy Heinsohn

  No longtime Celtics fan can watch games this year without a somewhat heavy heart. For the last 50 plus years, we have been blessed as a franchise to have Tommy Heinsohn, Mr. Celtic himself, as a part of the organization. Whether it be as a player, coach, or commentator, Tommy has been an instrumental figure for the green, and his presence is missed on every broadcast. Nobody embodied what it meant to be a Celtic more than Tommy, and I know I miss his energy and ferocity every time Scal claims the refs "made the right call" against the Cs. While Tommy obviously belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Celtics, he is often overlooked in his place among the greats of NBA history. Looking back upon his life, one would be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger impact on NBA basketball than Mr. Celtic. For those who are unfamiliar, let's do a quick review. Tommy is one of 2 people to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach (the other being the indomitable Len

We may be glad Danny Ainge rolled the dice on Theis

Frankly, I was not sure if Danny Ainge would ink Daniel Theis to a new deal, but it looks like a good move. Theis is signed for two years at a total of $10 million, with the second year non-guaranteed. With the departure of big men Al Horford and Aron Baynes, rolling the dice on Theis could work very well. In his first season in Boston, Daniel just kept improving. For the pre-All-Star stretch, he averaged 14.5 minutes/Game, 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG while shooting 52% on field goals and 30% on treys. Post-All-Star his minutes increased to 18.4 per game, his points to 7.8/game and his boards to 5.3/game. And he shot 68% on field goals and 40% on 3-pointers. Then a meniscus tear shut him down. His minutes and production took a hit last season, in part most likely due to lagging recovery from the injury. Right now he is playing on German's entry in the FIBA World Cup. In a game versus The Czech Rebublic, he scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, passed off for three assists and blocked tw

What Jeff Teague can bring to the Celtics offense

Bringing in Jeff Teague as some guard depth this year could end up being a monumental move for this year's Celtics team. Teague is a well respected veteran in the league, and having gone to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015 with the Atlanta Hawks, knows what it takes to win tough games. Here's a brief look at why I think Jeff will be a great fit with the C's Every Celtics fan loves Marcus Smart , due to everything he brings to the table, from the defensive intensity to scoring outbursts. For all the good things he does, Marcus excels off ball, and can have his effectiveness diminished when he is forced to be a primary ball handler. He is often pigeon-holed into that role with the second unit (or when Kemba is out), and Teague's addition will hopefully allow him to play more off-ball and maximize his abilities.  At the deadline last year, Teague was traded to the Atlanta Hawks to play alongside Trae Young. His usage rate and effectiveness dipped considerably, as he