A turning stop in Boston scores points at the rim, and a no-look dish by Marcus Smart finds a breakdown of the top five plays of Tuesday’s Celtics vs. Thunder game.
Jalen Brown plows his way to two points
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Marcus Smart goes to Aaron Wiggins and forces him to retreat. Then when he throws the ball to Jaylen Brown, he picks Jaylen Williams. Williams’ poor and unbalanced recovery allowed Brown to enter midfield with ease, splitting Williams and Wiggins, and showing the soft touch needed to end this floater by contact, making him stronger on the ball. increase.
Marcus Smart’s Putback Slam
Boston puts the ball on the floor quickly in transition. After Smart failed to get his pass out of his Horford, he fanned out to three-point his line. Derrick White is already in the corner on the same side, taking Rugenz Dort.
Jalen Williams came to the rescue of Josh Giddey and confronted a driving Jayson Tatum, leaving Smart missing so he crashed the glass and lifted it over Dort for a putback slam.
Jason Tatum two-handed flash
Jalen Williams tries to put Luke Kornet on the poster, but a 7-footer thwarts his attempt. Tatum picks up the pace, dishing on Malcolm Brogdon before plummeting into the low post. As Tre Mann shades his Tatum to the latter’s left shoulder, Tatum strikes quickly and moves to the baseline for a two-handed jam.
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Marcus Smart’s No Look Dish to Jaylen Brown
Smart’s drive catches the eye of every Thunder defender. Dort and Jaren Williams have their backs on Tatum and Brown. After making eye contact with Brown, Jaylynn Williams retreats to Horford in the right corner as Smart hangs in the air. Brown cuts into that newly-made opening and Smart drops his pass, bouncing it out of Dort’s reach, the former on the cylinder for him to score two points.
Boston defense ignites offense
Kenrich Williams’ face cut Al Horford could give Jalen Williams an option and take two points at the rim. But as the former retreats, there is space between Brown and White, and Williams, the latter, tries to step up for his own shot. As a result, sales occur.
Brown laps Horford and when the former wins the ball, Wiggins and Kenrich Williams switch places. But the latter is in a poor position to keep Brown from going downhill. As Giddy opens his hip to help, Brown takes advantage and cuts through for a layup.
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