Though they started off their 2021-22 campaign with an unfortunate losing streak of two straight, Monday night the Boston Celtics went about and created yet another, more positive trend, as they managed to attain their second victory of the year against the previously undefeated Charlotte Hornets.
The second game of a back-to-back, Boston showed early signs of fatigue after having secured their first W of the year the night before against the rebuilding Houston Rockets.
That said, as the game progressed the team as a whole managed to whip themselves into shape, surging forward for a fourth-quarter comeback that forced overtime where, in the end, the Cs wound up scrapping by with a final score reading of 140-129.
Unlike their previous three games, head coach Ime Udoka opted to dig deep into his bag of available talents and ended up going with a rotation10-men deep.
Though it’s always preferred for a team to be able to dive deep into their bench unit and run out double-digit personnel rotations, fans should not expect to see guys like Grant Williams (nearly 25 points) and Jabari Parker (just shy of 20 minutes) get these higher-end minutes on too consistent of a basis as we mosey along through the year — even though they did play rather well, they simply got a bump due to the absences of Al Horford and Romeo Langford.
That said, of this bunch that received ample playing time, there were plenty of guys who showed out during their time on the hardwood, with some even outperforming initial expectations.
On the flip side, unfortunately, there were also a few players who dropped the ball.
Today, we pinpoint one stud and one dud from Monday’s victory over the Hornets: