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Celtics bench shines in initiating blowout win over Suns - and in garbage time

 This Celtics team is DEEP! In last night's 125-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns, The Green went 12-deep (8-or-more minutes) with usual subs, Blake Griffin and Grant Williams, filling in for Rob Williams and Al Horford.

It is noteworthy that it was the bench crew of Sam Hauser, Derrick White, Luke Kornet and Malcolm Brogdon, along with Jayson Tatum, that ignited the surge in the final five minutes of the first quarter. The score was tied at 16-16 at the 4:51 mark, and the subs went on a 14-3 run. And Boston never loooked back.

White, Brogdon, Pritchard, Kornet, Hauser and even Justin Jackson all logged 10-or-more minutes in this one, much of that in garbage time when the score was well out of reach for Phoenix. Garbage time is a luxury - and valuable for a number of reasons.

Resting the usual big-minutes guys and allowing the youngsters to get some seasoning for the post-season works well for everybody but the fans of the opposing team. The Celtics bench crew accounted for 48 points, 20 rebounds and 23 assists. 

Adding Al Horford and Rob Williams to the mix means the Boston Celtics, at full strength, could effectively be 12-deep for their post-season run. Heaven help the opposition!


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