Carsen Edwards took control of Celtics’ final preseason game

Nick Friar
October 15, 2019 - 9:38 pm
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With most of the Celtics veterans back in Boston, the rookies were sent to Cleveland to close out the preseason. Tremont Waters was the steady hand for the Celtics in the game, but Carsen Edwards stole the show in the 118-95 win.

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After going 1-for-4 from deep in the first half, Edwards made six-consecutive threes in the third quarter. Oddly enough, the first attempt he missed was the cleanest look he had in the quarter.

By the time Brad Stevens pulled Edwards, he’d made eight threes in the quarter and only missed three. He also made a layup on a quick move to the hoop.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Stevens said about Edwards' shooting display in the third quarter.

In total, he finished with 30 points on 10 of 16 shooting (9-for-15 from three).

Edwards’ ability to get going in a hurry and get his shot off quickly should give him a spot in Boston’s second unit to start the season. With the way he’s looked, Edwards is showing he could help stretch the floor for Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward as they look to drive often.

Had it not been for Edwards, Waters would’ve been the big story from Tuesday’s game. He scored 24 off the bench (10-for-16 from the floor, 3-for-8 from deep) and had seven assists.

As much as Waters can fill up the stat sheet, his instincts stand out most. He has a very smooth hesitation move and knows exactly when to utilize it. And he has excellent court vision — which can translate into assists, but he also finds the man who can get the ball to an open teammate.

“He’s got a shiftiness to his game that’s unique,” Stevens said. “His brain moves as fast as his feet. He really sees the game and sees what’s going on.”

Waters also has nice touch on his passes into the post, something he’ll probably utilize quite a bit when he’s in Maine with Tacko Fall this year.

Javonte Green made a strong case for his spot on the C’s roster. He finished with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting (0-for-3 from three) and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. Green logged 30 minutes.

Max Strus played 27 minutes and scored six, going 2-for-5 from the field (1-for-4 from deep).