Danny Ainge’s blockbuster moves have kept Brad Stevens on his toes, but the coach has made the most of his ever-changing roster. Darren McCollester/Getty Images
“It was like, ‘Well, my role just changed,'” Larkin said.
Despite being a healthy scratch in Boston’s home opener, Larkin got an extended second-half run two nights later in Philadelphia and put up 10 points and four assists over 19 minutes as Boston rallied for its first win of the season.
“Sometimes I think they’re at their best when those things happen, you know? I think it’s just a resilient group of kids. Not kids — men.”
Carlos Asuaje (L), 0.9 percent, San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies (RHP Jon Gray): He homered in the series opener at Coors Field, so why not ride it? With three two-knock games in his last five, he’s cementing at least the top-side platoon role at the keystone. Deep players could do worse than trying to capitalize on Gray’s early issues.
The Celtics were clinging to a 96-93 lead with 15 seconds to go after a pair of Al Horford free throws (he scored 13 of his team-high 24 points at the line), and the Bucks called timeout to draw up a play. Antetokounmpo inbounded, took an immediate hand-back and accelerated down the middle of the floor.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens’ pained reaction after Brogdon connected told the story of a broken defensive series.
Malcolm Brogdon, Bucks guard: “It was really for Giannis to come off and make a play, find somebody or shoot it. And he found me, so I shot it with confidence.”
Brad Stevens, Celtics head coach: “We could’ve done better. That one we could’ve done better.”
In the afternoon, he quarterbacked the Red squad to an overtime win over the White squad in Oklahoma’s spring football game at Memorial Stadium. Shortly after, Murray dashed less than two miles over to the baseball stadium, where the Sooners were set to clash with rival Texas in the second game of a crucial series for conference supremacy.
“I’m feeling it in my legs,” Murray said late Saturday night while scooping oranges out of an oversized jar. “Not so much mentally, but obviously physically. I’m not too tired yet, but I’ll feel it, I’m sure, in a couple days.”