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Has Brad Stevens repaired the Celtics weak bench?

 If Boston's 135-87 rout of the 76'ers was any indication, Celtics boss, Brad Stevens, may have repaired what had been one of the weakest benches in the NBA.

For the season, The Green's bench was ranked 26th in point production (28.9 PPG) and dead-last in rebounds (13.0 RPG). That all changed, at least for one game.

The Celtics subs racked up a combined 53 points, led by none other by little-used Aaron Nesmith,with 18 points, followed by newly-acquired Derrick White with 11 and newly-anointed full-timer, Sam Hauser. 

The bench also did well in the rebound department, hauling down 19 boards and led by recently-returned Daniel Theis with nine boards, followed by 3-Smith with 3. How about bench assists, you may ask. Celtics subs rank 27th (5.7 APG) for the season, but handed out 15 last night, led by Payton Pritchard - yes PP. And Sam Hauser followed with three dimes of his own.

So how did the guys-off-the-bench shoot? Ranked 25th in field goal accuracy for the season (41.9%), they hit on 56% from the field last night. Beyond the arc thus far, they were ranked 4th in the League (36.4%), but beat that versus Philly by hitting on 50% of the long shots.

With Rob Williams out last night with a calf issue, and Marcus Smart picking up an ankle injury in Philadelphia, that newly-constructed Celtics bench may get further tested post-All-Star break, but for now, it seems that the bench repair may be a success.


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