December 6, 2023


“I attempt to coach it as if it had been the primary quarter, out of respect for the fellows which might be on the ground and the work they put in.”

Joe Mazzulla. Barry Chin/Globe Workers
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The Celtics dominated the Pacers all through the whole lot of Wednesday evening’s recreation at TD Backyard.

Boston received by 51 factors, which was the second-biggest margin of victory in franchise historical past. Nonetheless, Jayson Tayum, Kristaps Porzingis, and Derrick White performed extra minutes [27 apiece] than any of Indiana’s starters did.

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla did finally play all the roster. Payton Pritchard performed 26 minutes and scored 15 factors on 6-10 taking pictures. Oshae Brissett obtained 20 minutes. Lamar Stevens, Luke Kornet, and Dalano Blanton all obtained some enjoying time.

In complete, the Celtics bench scored 46 factors. Mazzulla stated they’re the explanation he opts to not take his foot off the gasoline when the Celtics are up huge.

“I don’t assume – no,” Mazzulla stated when requested if he can chill out when the Celtics are up by so many factors. “However, it’s as a result of there’s 5 guys within the recreation which have labored their [expletive] off to get to that spot. The most effective factor I really feel like I can do for them is coach them as a result of that’s what they need they usually’re on the lookout for that.”

“And so, I attempt to coach it as if it had been the primary quarter,” Mazzulla continued. “Out of respect for the fellows which might be on the ground and the work they put in.”

Mazzulla praised the bench gamers for his or her execution. Pritchard dished out 9 assists. Sam Hauser made 5 of his six 3-point makes an attempt. Solely two of Boston’s 11 turnovers got here from bench gamers.

“They had been organized,” stated Mazzulla. “They obtained to their spots sooner. I assumed Payton did a superb job organizing it. I assumed Dalano obtained to their spacing, they ran performs for Sam. I assumed all these guys, Luke and Lamar and O’Shea and Svi, I simply felt like we performed with extra of a way of objective. They managed the sport in that approach.

“There are issues you are able to do to place your self in a greater state of affairs in these, and that’s defending with out fouling, limiting them to at least one shot, and never giving up transition. These are three issues that they did within the Washington recreation, and three issues that they did on this recreation taking that away.”