Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Two Boston Celtics, Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown, were key contributors to destroying the Japanese team.

Boston Celtics wing, Jaylen Brown, redeemed himself in Team USA’s demolishing of Japan, 98-45. The game was never in doubt as the Americans got off to a 13-0 start. Jaylen Brown entered the game at the 5:20 mark of the first quarter, but he really caught fire in the second half.

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart both sat this one out. Tatum was nursing a sore ankle, injured in the final seconds of Team USA’s narrow win over Turkey. No reason was evident for Smart not playing in the contest.

The score was 56-23 at the end of the first half and 84-31 after three quarters. After a poor performance against Turkey, Jaylen Brown redeemed himself in this game. His scoring and rebounding were exceptional.

As time was expiring, the only question was whether Team USA would go over the 100-point mark. Gregg Popovich graciously spared the Japanese team the embarrassment, and the contest ended with the USA blowing out Japan, 98-45.

It is possible that Marcus Smart did not participate in this contest to allow more time to totally recover from his calf issue. Jaylen Brown, however, had no negative issues of any kind. He had 20 points and a stellar seven rebounds. He was on fire in this one. Hopefully, he can duplicate his performance in the next contest.

UPDATE: Marcus Smart did not play versus Japan due to a quad strain.

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