After a rough first two games, the rookies shined during the third game of the regular season against the Knicks.
Carsen Edwards and Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics combined for 3 points on 1-6 shooting in a total of 18 minutes against the Sixers opening night. That is awful. The two rookies did next to nothing right and didn’t contribute to the team in a positive manner whatsoever. The Boston Celtics ended up losing 93-107 to the 76ers.
The rookies struggled once again against the Toronto Raptors during the home opener. Brad Stevens didn’t like the match-ups with Edwards on the floor, so he didn’t see any minutes. On the other hand, Grant Williams got twenty-two minutes, but only scored only four points. Grant isn’t a guy that will put up a large amount of points, instead he will hustle and pull down important boards. He had seven rebounds against the Raptors, six of which were on the offensive side of the ball. This is a season high so far for the Boston Celtics. The C’s ended the game 112-106 for the first win of the new season.
The most promising game for the young boys this week was against the New York Knicks. Carsen Edwards had a solid outing showing his shooting abilities along side with his defensive tenacity. Edwards ended 3-11 from the field but got to line twice shooting 3-4. His final stat line was 10 points, 3 assists, a board, and 2 steals. Edwards knocked down a three coming off a screen from his fellow rookie Grant Williams.
Grant was all over the place on both offense and defense. He played 19 minutes and had a very productive night shooting, going 3-4 and 1-3 from the line. More importantly, Grant drew a pair of charging fouls, had 3 steals, and 2 nasty blocks. At just 6 feet 6 inches tall, he is an absolute defensive powerhouse. Stevens played Grant as the lone big man for quite a while, showing the confidence he has in this young man.
One more rookie got playing time in New York… TACKO FALL. He entered the game with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The fans in Madison Square Garden went bonkers when he checked in. Tacko pulled down 3 defensive boards and had 2 dunks in the short amount of time he played. It seemed that every offensive possession in those 3 minutes went to Tacko in the post or a lob pass off of a pick and roll. Tacko Fall will forever be loved in the city of Boston.