Boston Celtics: Team USA demolishes Japan, 98-45, in World Cup play
Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart both sat this one out. Tatum was nursing a sore ankle, injured in the final seconds of Team USA's narrow win over Turkey. No reason was evident for Smart not playing in the contest.
JAYLEN BROWN WINDMILL LET'S GOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/8HsRdMvjza— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) September 5, 2019
The score was 56-23 at the end of the first half and 84-31 after three quarters. After a poor performance against Turkey, Jaylen Brown redeemed himself in this game. His scoring and rebounding were exceptional.
Jaylen Brown killed a guy pic.twitter.com/jn4ltB2lwM— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) September 5, 2019
As time was expiring, the only question was whether Team USA would go over the 100-point mark. Gregg Popovich graciously spared the Japanese team the embarrassment, and the contest ended with the USA blowing out Japan, 98-45.
Jaylen Brown: 20/7/1/2 on 9-14 shooting— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) September 5, 2019
Kemba Walker: 15/2/8 on 5-11 shooting pic.twitter.com/yIirOf7Mh9
UPDATE: Marcus Smart did not play versus Japan due to a quad strain.
Marcus Smart is out for Team USA with a left quad strain vs. Japan. He will be day-to-day. Missed time with calf strain on same leg last month.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) September 5, 2019
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