Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets: Live Score and Analysis for Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics held on to a 101-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets to finish their preseason with a 2-6 record. Vitor Faverani, the 25-year-old rookie from Brazil, had a monster game scoring 15 points, grabbing seven rebounds and adding six blocked shots.
Faverani made his presence felt early, blocking four shots in the first quarter alone. He reportedly wasn’t going to play in this game because he was feeling “stiff,” according to the Celtics official Twitter feed (Jared Sullinger missed the game due to illness).
He certainly didn’t look stiff at all in this one. He played 24 minutes and set the tone from the outset. Don’t be surprised if he earns the starting center position on opening night based on this performance.
Gerald Wallace, who recently called out his teammates for selfish play and a lack of effort, had a solid game in his own right. He had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with five rebounds, five assists and a disappointing five turnovers.
Brandon Bass contributed 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Avery Bradley added 16 points of his own without hitting a three-pointer.
Jeff Green, who had a quiet night offensively, left the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised left forearm and didn’t return.
The Nets, meanwhile, were playing without Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko. This would have been a hard pill for the Celtics to swallow if they lost to such a short-handed team.
The Cs entered the night shooting just 41.8 percent from the field during preseason. They finished this game at 45.3 percent.
Boston still has a long way to go if they’re going to be competitive this season, especially with Rajon Rondo sidelined. However, Phil Pressey showed flashes against the Nets and could be a viable substitute until Rondo is healthy.
It's a final. Celtics will win this one 101-97 and finish the preseason 2-6.
Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass led the team with 16 points apiece.
For the final box score, go here: via ESPN.com.
Nets 97, Celtics 101—Final.
How awesome has this night been for Vitor Faverani? He has six blocked shots. The team's leader coming in tonight was Jeff Green with seven.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) October 24, 2013
Again, Vitor Faverani has made a statement tonight with six blocked shots.
However, Brad Stevens is going with Olynyk and Bass in crunch time. The Celtics opened the door a bit with Brooklyn scoring five unanswered, but they are pulling away now.
Nets 95, Celtics 99—0:50 seconds remaining in fourth quarter.
Clinging to a slim lead, Brandon Bass made an aggressive move to the basket to draw the foul. He knocked down both free throws.
He's had a very nice (yet quiet) game for the Celtics. He has 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Nets 87, Celtics 91—3:09 remaining in fourth quarter.
C's say bruised left forearm for Jeff Green. Unlikely to return.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) October 24, 2013
Another Jeff Green update, he's unlikely to return with a bruised left forearm.
Nets 82, Celtics 87—4:42 remaining in fourth quarter.
After calling out his teammates for selfish play and a lack of effort, Gerald Wallace has put together a solid game.
He has 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, four rebounds and four assists. The only negative? He has five turnovers.
Nets 80, Celtics 82—6:15 remaining in fourth quarter.
#Celtics Jeff Green is hurting. It looks like it might be his left elbow. He's talking to team trainer now.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) October 24, 2013
Jeff Green appeared to have sustained an injury to his left elbow, but he was just doing push-ups on the sideline. My bet is that he'll be fine going forward, but we may not see him for the remainder of this game.
Nets 75, Celtics 74—8:45 remaining in fourth quarter.
Faverani has scored the ball and protected the rim tonight. As a result, he's set a new preseason high in minutes. Not too shabby for a guy who reportedly wasn't going to play before the game.
Nets 73, Celtics 74—8:58 remaining in fourth quarter.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that he likes the team's pace when Phil Pressey is in the lineup. We should expect to see more of the young point guard in the fourth quarter. We'll have to see if he gets the nod in crunch time, though.
Nets 73, Celtics 74—10:42 remaining in fourth quarter.
End of third quarter box score via ESPN.com.
Andray Blatche is the game's leading scorer with 14 points on an ugly 5-of-15 shooting. That should tell you all you need to know about this game, but at least it's competitive.
Nets 71, Celtics 72—end of third quarter.
The pace in this game has been painfully slow. A lot of shots are getting hoisted up near the end of the 24-second clock. Neither offense has shown an ability to get into their sets quickly.
The Celtics are shooting 49 percent and the Nets are shooting 43.4 percent, yet we still have a very low-scoring game.
Nets 69, Celtics 68—1:25 remaining in third quarter.
#Celtics show Red Sox up 3-zip in bottom of the first on the Jumbotron, gets the loudest applause of the night here at the TD Garden.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) October 24, 2013
The Boston Red Sox continue to overshadow the Celtics preseason game tonight, but Faverani just recorded his sixth block of the game. It was an emphatic swat, got the crowd going for the first time in this one.
Nets 62, Celtics 62—3:46 remaining in third quarter.
ESPN announcer Mike Breen has been making fun of Andray Blatche for shooting threes. He's 2-of-5 from downtown, which is far better than the Celtics have been as a team (3-of-13).
Boston just continues to struggle shooting from distance.
Nets 60, Celtics 59—6:07 remaining in third quarter.
The Celtics have more turnovers (11) than the Nets (10), but they're winning the rebounding battle 26-18. That's a big reason why they're ahead in this game.
Nets 55, Celtics 57—7:21 remaining in third quarter.
Jeff Green has been quiet for the Celtics tonight. He just scored his first points that didn't come at the free-throw line (where he's 6-of-6).
The big lineup of Bradley, Green, Wallace, Olynyk and Faverani has Green playing at shooting guard. Bizarre to see him playing out of position there.
Nets 48, Celtics 52—10:41 remaining in third quarter.
Celtics Leaders at Half
Vitor Faverani: 11 points, five rebounds, four blocks.
Avery Bradley: 10 points, three rebounds, two assists.
Brandon Bass: Eight points (on 4-of-4 shooting), two rebounds, one block.
Nets Leaders at Half
Reggie Evans: Eight points, four rebounds.
Andray Blatche: Seven points (on 3-of-10 shooting), two rebounds, one block.
Tyshawn Taylor: Six points, one assist, one steal.
Faverani's Great All-Around Play
Vitor Faverani (stiffness) was ruled out earlier today but ended up finding his way into the starting lineup at game time. The Celtics are certainly glad he did.
The big man put his stamp on this game from the outset. He recorded four blocks in the first quarter alone, and added 11 points and five rebounds.
Phil Pressey impressed in limited action. In just 10 minutes of play, he recorded four assists versus only one turnover.
As A. Sherrod Blakely points out via Twitter, the rookies (Faverani and Pressey) have done a fabulous job tonight.
Finally Knocking Down Shots
Boston has struggled to score points in preseason, but it finally found its shooting stroke in the second quarter.
At halftime, the Celtics are shooting 48.7 percent from the field.
They're still struggling from deep, however, with just a 20 percent clip from outside. Avery Bradley, who entered the night shooting 50 percent from three, is 0-of-2 in this one.
Halftime box score via ESPN.com.
Nets 44, Celtics 49—Halftime.
Faverani with a huge tip slam off a Gerald Wallace miss. The big man certainly didn't look stiff on that play. He continues to be the biggest storyline tonight: 11 points, five rebounds and four blocks.
Nets 42, Celtics 47—1:36 remaining in second quarter.
Should Phil Pressey be the Celtics opening night point guard? "Absolutely!" says Max. (I added the exclamation point, judgement call.)— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) October 23, 2013
Backup point guard Phil Pressey has looked impressive so far for the Celtics. He already has four assists in nine minutes of action, and there have been some flashy passes.
Nets, 40, Celtics 41—2:55 remaining in second quarter.
This is shaping up to be a very low-scoring affair.
Brandon Bass leads the Celtics with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting. Reggie Evans is leading the Nets with seven points.
Again, Reggie Evans is leading the Nets in scoring.
Nets 36, Celtics 35—5:43 remaining in second quarter.
Vitor Faverani on the floor, trying to stretch his lower back muscles. Hopefully he will return this quarter pic.twitter.com/8g95slwiJi— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) October 23, 2013
Faverani hasn't been in the game since his tremendous first quarter when he blocked four shots. A. Sherrod Blakely tells us that he's stretching out his back on the sideline. He was feeling stiffness before the game tonight.
Nets 34, Celtics 35—7:14 remaining in second quarter.
The Celtics have looked bad in preseason with a 1-6 record, but a loss to this Nets team (without Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson) would be a low point. They desperately need to find a hot hand somewhere.
Nets 32, Celtics 29—8:26 remaining in second quarter.
The Celtics continue to struggle shooting the ball as they have all preseason. They're shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from long range (1-of-7).
Jordan Crawford is 1-of-4 shooting in the early going.
Nets 30, Celtics 21—10:28 remaining in second quarter.
End of first quarter box score via ESPN.com.
Nets 24, Celtics 19—end of first quarter.
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