It’s “interesting” that the Boston Celtics elected to hand minutes over to Lamar Stevens, who played four minutes and grabbed a rebound during that time during a by-and-large close 114-109 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 6, over Oshae Brissett, says Inside The Celtics’ Bobby Krivitsky.
“While it’s interesting Stevens got the nod over Oshae Brissett, who was questionable coming into the contest due to a left thumb sprain, before getting upgraded to available, the former’s done well with limited late-game opportunities after the outcome’s decided, helping him earn this chance,” Krivitsky wrote.
Boston suffered their first loss of the season on the road in overtime during a game in which Joe Mazzulla went 10-deep. Brissett and Derrick White were the two most notable absences.
Oshae Brissett was deemed a Grant Williams replacement for the Boston Celtics
Back when Brissett was signed back on the first day of 2023 free agency on July 30, he was deemed a potential Grant Williams replacement.
“Brissett is still just 25 years old and has shown enough promise in Indiana to be a useful depth piece for certain matchups,” MassLive’s Brian Robb prefaced before saying, “He is also conceivably a very low-cost Grant Williams replacement (and a far worse shooter) if the team loses him via free agency or a sign-and-trade.”
NBC Sports’ Chris Forsberg had a prediction for Brissett that’s far more likely to turn out true, it seems.
“While his numbers from last year don’t jump off the page, Brissett has shown flashes of intriguing potential over his last two seasons with the Pacers,” Forsberg prefaced before saying, “At the very least, he will be a solid depth piece for the frontcourt in 2023-24.”
Of course, the season is young, and Brissett can defy any and all expectations by the end of it for all we know.