VIDEO: Daniel Theis steps up for Celtics, gets crucial stop on Trae Young’s potential game-winner
With the Hawks down by two points, 106-108, at the TD Garden with 9.5 seconds left in regulation, Young brought the ball down court and used a Kevin Huerter screen to free himself from initial defender Marcus Smart. Now being defended by Theis after the switch, the 21-year-old put on a series of crossovers to shake off the Celtics big man.
❌ GOODNIGHT ❌ pic.twitter.com/MVr6xoFhEm
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 4, 2020
The German slotman, however, used impeccable foot work to stay on his feet and did not allow Young to get a clear look.
Young’s step back gave him a bit of separation but his possible game-winner was rejected by Theis as the Celtics recovered the basketball.
Interestingly though, after the block and Marcus Smart getting the ball, the two teams had a heated exchange. Smart tried to step over the fallen Young, prompting Hawks center Alex Len to confront him.
Marcus Smart was about to step over Trae Young as the game ended, and things got heated in Boston. pic.twitter.com/kzA8p6Dlgf
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 4, 2020
The Celtics went on to notch its 24th win on the season with a 109-106 victory. Trae Young finished the game with a double-double of 28 points and 10 assists in the losing effort, while Daniel Theis pitched in 14 markers and six boards for Boston.
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