Celtics vs. Clippers takeaways: Payton Pritchard, Robert Williams show strong chemistry
Take Away C's Clippers: Pritchard, Time Lord Show Strong Chemistry that originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics are headed in the right direction when they scored their third straight win against the Los Angeles Clippers (117-112) on Tuesday night.
The win puts the Cs over .500 as they improve to 18-17 in the campaign. You are now fourth in the Eastern Conference behind just the 76s, Nets and Bucks.
Highlights: C's lead over Clippers for third straight win, 117-112
Is this recent stretch a sign of what's to come for these Cs in the second half of the season? That remains to be seen, but there is much to be taken from Boston's recent win:
1. Payton Pritchard and Robert Williams have excellent chemistry.
Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 25 and 18 points respectively, but Payton Pritchard and Robert Williams won that game by giving a much-needed spark from the bank. Pritchard and Williams were undoubtedly Boston's two most reliable players in this season's second session, and that continued Tuesday night.
Pritchard finished with 14 points and three assists (4: 7 out of 3) in 23 minutes. Time Lord was just electrifying, collecting 13 points for eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
What makes this duo even funnier is the strong chemistry on the pitch together. Just check out the game below.
There are many more Fast PP / Time Lord Lanes that this came from this year.
Both Pritchard and Williams continue to prove that their success this season is no accident. You only get better.
2. Rumors of Kemba Walker's death were grossly exaggerated.
Make these four games in a row with more than 20 points for Walker. If you've counted the four-time All-Star after his inconsistent start to the season, there's still time to change your mind.
Walker led the Cs with 25 points in victory while going 6 against 12 from the 3 point range and adding six assists. The knee looks healthy as the 30-year-old security guard finds his rhythm during the All-Star break.
It is no coincidence that the Celtics have won three straight wins with Walker playing at this level. They need this version of Walker for the future if they want a chance at another deep playoff run. It's a good sign for the Cs that they got a win, with Jayson Tatum (14 points, 5v16) being freezing for most of the game.
As long as Walker stays on the pedal, Boston can afford Tatum and Brown off-game here and there.
3. Where was Aaron Nesmith?
Nesmith was a DNP for the second straight game on Tuesday, and it's a bit confusing as the rookie seemed to show improvement with more playing time. The Vanderbilt product last played in Friday's win against the Indiana Pacers, but it only reached seven minutes in that game. Previously, he had a career high of 13 points and shot 5-7 from the field against the Atlanta Hawks in 14 minutes.
Maybe it's just a matchup for Brad Stevens, but Nesmith has shown a lot of potential over the last month. It would be nice to see the lottery get a chance to shine on Thursday in 2020 before the C's head goes on break.
The Celtics will be looking to score four straight wins when they host the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. The tip for the matchup is set at 7 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston.
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