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The standout stat from Jabari Parker's Celtics debut


Newly-acquired Jabari Parker produced more in his debut with the Boston Celtics than most fans expected. His 11 points in only 16 minutes of action was a bit of a surprise, but Parker's four rebounds really stood out because they were all off the offensive boards.

At least pre-All-Star break, the Celtics seemed to work hard on almost every attempted shot. Easy baskets seldom happened. Particularly with Enes Kanter gone, put-backs via offensive boards were rare. But Saturday night versus the Warriors, Jabari scored off all of his four offensive boards. Three of his hoops came on put-backs following the offensive boards, and he sank a fourth shot on a mid-range jumper following - yes, another offensive rebound.

Parker shot 5-of-6 from the field overall, missing his only 3-point attempt. His four rebounds off the offensive glass may be an anomaly, but at least for one game, it was nice to see some great positioning and battling underneath from Danny Ainge's latest acquisition. And don't allow my use of the phrase "easy baskets" lead you to think Jabari didn't work for his caroms and points. His points were relatively "easy" by Celtics' standards, but not so for the hard-working new addition.

 

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