Daniel Theis asserts himself in second half of Celtics 121-108 win over Heat
In the third quarter of a critical Game Five last night, the Boston Celtics came out and looked like a team reborn. Daniel Theis, who had been pulled out at the 8:13 mark of the first quarter, started to assert himself in every part of the game - setting screens, hitting the boards, blocking shots and looking to score (per NBA's Steve Aschburner):
Besides being yanked early in the first quarter, Daniel was also taken out at the 9:48 mark of the second period in favor of Enes Kanter - after which Enes went on a roll, scoring eight points and taking down four rebounds before the end of the half. I doubt Theis wanted to leave the game so hurriedly in the second half
Theis finished the game with 15 points (6-of-10 on FGs), 13 rebounds, three blocks and a plus/minus of +16. The Celtics center tandem of Theis and Kanter came through in this one to ensure the victory. And credit Brad Stevens for loosening up his somewhat-rigid substitution patterns to gain an advantage over Erik Spoelstra and the Heat. I doubt we will see any letdowns for Game Six on Sunday.
Daniel Theis came to play in the 2nd half!!! (but no more 3s please) ☘️— Dan Kelley (@DanKelley66) September 26, 2020