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Without "Green Light", three Celtics newcomers light it up

 The 129-119 loss to the Blazers last night was a tough one, but three newcomers to Boston lit up the score board, despite not having the "Green Light" mentioned by NBA analyst, Candace Parker. Rookies Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard, in league with newly acquired French import, Evan Fournier, supplied 39% of the Celtics points on 78% shooting from the field and 75% from 3-point-land.


In reference to Parker's "Green Light" comment, a guest had broached a supposed sign Doc Rivers had posted in the locker room for the 2007-08 season, reading "No Dancing With The Ball" - obviously meaning that he didn't want to see iso-ball on the floor. Candace responded that the game had changed - Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had the green light to isolate at any point in the game - and that practice has become more common.

Well, Payton, Aaron and Evan had no such liberty, but in the flow of the game, they put up 50 points on the board, hitting on 18-of-23 from the field and 12-of-16 beyond the arc. Nesmith had his third solid game in a row, hitting from everywhere. But what really stood out was his ability to almost always be on the ball - on offense, defense and under the hoop for rebounds. Aaron was 6-of-7 on field goals and a perfect 4-of-4 on 3-pointers. He is a worker.

There may be a lesson here. Despite the apparent popularity of iso-ball in today's NBA, I am not a fan. This trio of newcomers achieved their 50 points via movement, hustle and hard work. It would be great to see more of that from other members of The Green.

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