Boston Celtics

5 takeaways as Jaylen Brown leads Celtics over Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets

The Nuggets were missing a lot of key players, the Celtics committed 20 turnovers, and talented bigs still give Boston fits.

AdvertisementBut Brad Stevens often talks about how difficult it is to win an NBA game, no matter who the opponent is, and the Celtics looked like a much happier bunch.

The Celtics could do absolutely nothing to stop him — Tristan Thompson was too short, Robert Williams was a little too twitchy, and nobody else could deal with a soft-handed behemoth like the Nuggets’ star center.

The Celtics, particularly on the perimeter, had too much for the rest of Denver’s available team — the Nuggets were without Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Monte Morris.

The only visible pain he appeared to be in was when he ran into a Jamal Murray screen and suffer what looked like a mild stinger.

He scored nine points and made a pair of 3-pointers, including one curling off a screen that was very reminiscent of his style of play in college.

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