1. Aaron Nesmith had a great game. With plenty of opportunities to get involved, Nesmith showed off her familiar skills and also flashed some new things. There is nothing fancy about this game, but Nesmith shows good calm. He then makes a smart skippas to Grant Williams for the triple:
This game was even better from Nesmith. He does a great job of moving the ball as Grant Williams kicks it out. It gave Nesmith the lead with 1 – 0, as he successfully challenged the guests’ central defenders, then placed the ball unreachably at the keeper’s right post. As he pulls the defense, Nesmith makes the drop-off to Robert Williams for a light dunk:
It’s good to see Nesmith play with such confidence in his handle and his passing.
2. What Aaron Nesmith is obviously known for is his shooting. This is a good move from a dual screen. Robin Lopez does a good job at closeout, but that’s nothing but bottom for Nesmith:
On the next possession, Nesmith feels it. A one-dribble pullup three is a good shot for him to have in his arsenal:
3. Payton Pritchard left the game just before halftime with probably a broken nose. It was a shame because he had put together a fantastic first half. We said we would see Pritchard do more as an off-the-dribble scorer, especially on pullup jumpers. Here is some evidence that he worked on it.
Pritchard works out of DHO with Enes Kanter and reads that his defender is stuck on the screen and that the big one has fallen. Easy money here:
A few plays later, Pritchard runs a similar action to the opposite side. This time he gets a little deeper into the defense, but gets Wendell Carter Jr. on the back pedal. Again, this should be a cash shot for Pritchard:
4. The second challenge for Payton Pritchard was to show that he could be a distributor. Most of his rookie year, Pritchard was asked to score or to be a spot-up shooter. The next step is to round off his playmaking game.
On this game, Pritchard does a great job of keeping his dribbling alive when he gets to the basket. Romeo Langford makes a really good cut and Pritchard finds him in goal:
This is another great play as a passerby from Pritchard. He pulls Mo Bamba on the drive while still retaining his defender. The key is to keep the ball long enough to let Robert Williams move. Bonus points for Timelord that fall into a nice jumper:
5. Jabari Parker played a terrific first half. He lacked a bit in action after the break, but it was more about other players getting reps. As Ime Udoka said postgame, “We know what Jabari can do as a scorer”. This summer whip that ends the first quarter is a sign that Parker has never lost confidence in his scoring game:
This piece shows that Parker also has pretty good instincts. He reads that Carter quickly gets the ball sent off. Parker jumps it and comes with stealing and laying:
It’s not locked in yet, but Parker went a long way toward earning the 15th roster for Celtics Wednesday evening.
6. The rest of Takeaways are fast-paced scattered thoughts …
Romeo Langford continued to be really aggressive. It’s not always pretty, but Langford seem to be playing with a new level of confidence on the offensive. It’s great for him to move on.
Prediction: Both Langford and Aaron Nesmith pass Josh Richardson in the rotation mid-season.
7. Garrison Mathews is not shy about shooting the ball. He has the rare ability to be able to twist his body around the defense while keeping his shoulders square to the edge. Whether it’s in Boston on a two way or with Maine as an affiliate player, keep an eye on Mathews.
8. Sam Hauser did a great job on offense. He has a good shot with a pretty quick and high release. Defensively, Hauser has miles to go before he can contribute at the NBA level.
9. Theo Pinson showed why he is NBA equivalent of an MLB 4A player. He is too good for the minors, but not quite good enough for the show. He will do an excellent job for the Maine Celtics and be able to earn a call this season.
10. It was a tough night for Ryan Arcidiacono, but he did a solid job as a playmaker. He is also not afraid to challenge players in defense. He’s probably also on his way to Maine, where he gets a lot of on-ball reps as the primary point guard.
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