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On Sunday, the Celtics put in one of their most embarrassing late-game performances of the season – a 24-point lead midway through the third quarter completely evaporated as the Pelicans recovered. assault and sent the game into overtime, before defeating the Celtics 120-115

The Celtics’ myriad of problems require a myriad of solutions One idea Brad Stevens said he would consider is to play rookie winger Aaron Nesmith with the final roster

“Aaron’s energy makes a huge difference and I think it’s really helped us,” Stevens said “I think we need to get to the point where he can be in a final lineup, potentially, until to be back full, just because it gives us more space, more ability to spread the ground, more ability to play when teams are really attacking our best players, to play in that space and have some open eyes “

After the Celtics’ double-lineup collapsed on Sunday night, Nesmith’s logic makes sense.At college, he was a movement shooter who scored by flying around screens and placing his body to the hoop at a blazing speed In the NBA his role has been a little different – less like JJ Redick shooting hard 3s and more like Danny Green spotting and drifting around the 3 point line as the offense builds.

“It’s always an adjustment,” Nesmith said last week “Filming is what I do, but I’ve done a lot of filming outside of the movement I don’t really do that much of that So, j ‘just trying to adjust to the role change and I still have to reverse the open photo “

On Sunday Nesmith finished 3-for-4 and made one of his two 3-point attempts In his last 10 games, Nesmith has hit 407% of his trebles after struggling early, and the Celtics start seeing progress from a rookie they drafted hoping he could contribute this year

Nesmith, who only played 13 sophomore games at Vanderbilt, also adapts to the NBA schedule Most seasons rookies are forced to adjust to 82 games (at least) This year , Nesmith has fewer regular season games, but they’re coming in at a breakneck pace

“This is the most games we’ve played in a season, so playing so many games in a row and being sure you’re ready for everyone is a tough thing to do,” he said. mentioned “But as long as you stay consistent in your job, consistent in the things you’re supposed to do every day, it’ll help you get through and help you not hit that recruit wall, as they say”

Stevens appreciated Nesmith’s dedication to consistency, as well as his drive Seemingly in every game, Nesmith hits the deck chasing a loose ball or crashes into the hoop trying to chase an opponent in transition

“We knew he had good energy, he’s a person of character, he plays the game with integrity,” Stevens said. “He hustles, he works, he runs, he stays in the games, we saw him block a few shots, he stuck for the rebounds He does all these little things And I think the most important thing, the biggest challenge, and then you just have to let that go, is just to adapt at the speed of the game in attack And he’s done a better job on it as the last few weeks have gone by

“Obviously we’re playing young on the bench and I think he’s done a really good job over the last couple of weeks There’s a lot to build there”

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Source: https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2021/02/22/aaron-nesmith-brad-stevens-celtics-closing-lineup