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Instant Images from Celtics 2OT, 138-134 loss to Knicks

 The "Instant Images" thing is new. You may see it from time to time after closely watching the game and reviewing the stats. Concise and to the point is the goal. Hope it works for our readers.


Thought starting Grant Williams and big minutes (31) for him was a bad idea until he just seemed to get better and better as the game progressed. Production: 15P/5R/4A/1S/1B/6-of-9 FG/3-of-5 3s. 

I bitterly regret not grabbing Rob Williams in Fantasy. He is a wonder to watch! What a stat line - 45M - 16P - 10 R - 3 A - 3 S - 5 B - 6/6 FG - 6/8 FT (he is improving at the foul line).

Is Jaylen Brown even quicker on his dribble moves? Looked it to me. He was phenomenal, but he looked sluggish towards the end - his missed dunk being Exhibit A. 

Carelessness abounded throughout the game for Boston, but things really got out of hand in the second period.

On-court leadership was sorely missing in this game. Here's hoping Al Horford's return from COVID protocols will erase that flaw.

Payton Pritchard's clear mask seemed to hurt him on the offensive end, but it did not affect his hustle. he was everywhere in his brief 11-minute appearance.

Who, or what, tamed the Wolverine? Marcus Smart had a solid stat line (15/8/6), but his ferocity on defense seems to have taken a hit. It may just be that he is focused more on leading the offense. Let's hope so.

Loved the gutsy comeback from a 6-point deficit (112-106) with less than 50 seconds left in regulation time to tie the game. The Williams brothers were the main drivers of that surge. 

Brown's "logo launch" from 27-feet was dramatic, while Marcus' 3-pointer to end regulation were just icing on the cake.

Finally: It appears, for now, that Ime Udoka has inherited Danny Ainge's plight of "no clear hierarchy" on the floor. Who is the top player from The Jay Team? That remains undecided. How about a captain or captains? Still unresolved. Stay tuned.

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