Well, the Celtics wanted no part of playing this game and it showed. Mo Fucking Wagner, the bad Wagner, destroyed the Celtics, shooting 9-12 for 25 points.
Outside of a great stretch in the third quarter, one that was entirely attributable to Rob Williams, they were lifeless and disinterested from wire to wire. Unfortunately, when they brought Rob back inn the fourth, he was as lifeless as the rest of the team, consistently losing several straight battles on the offensive and defensive glass. Hopefully just a first game back thing.
Once again, with the team giving a listless effort at home and the crowd checked out, Mazzulla refused to put Pritchard in.
Rob's season debut was the only good thing about this game. He played 18 minutes, had 9 points, 4-4 from the field, 5 rebounds, an assist, a steal, a block, a turnover, and was a -6. In the first quarter, he looked terribly lost, picking up 3 fouls in 4 minutes, flying all over the place to no great effect. He did finish a lob from Smart. He looked a bit better. Then he was great in the third quarter, did most of his scoring and rebounding there. The Celtics, who had one of those "Orlando has shot blockers so we aren't even going to bother to try to get into the paint" type of games, had their lone good stretch of play in this game in the third when they started using Rob to draw the attention to the big and allow the Celtics to drive, either to fonish themselves, or give it to Rob. He also kept a bunch of plays alive on the offensive glass. Unfortunately, that must of been all he had because he was wholly ineffective in the fourth, other than as a decoy.