Thursday, January 27 2022

Fans of the Boston Celtics have noticed a conspicuous absence of second-year forward Aaron Nesmith on the court during the team’s games before Friday night; games which, by all accounts, have not gone particularly well.

And the subset of fans of the Celtics who are also fans of Nesmith have made a connection between the Celtics’ low-energy defense and poor-shooting nights and the minimal use of the Vanderbilt product — a connection bolstered by Nesmith’s visible impact on both ends of the floor in the team’s emphatic 95 – 78 road win over a surging Miami Heat squad at the top of the early Eastern Conference standings.

If you asked Nesmith if he expected to see more floor time given his skill set, you’d likely have gotten the same answer he gave when asked the same question after his 13-point performance: “I did not.”

But, true to rumbles about his workaholic nature regarding preparing for games, this is probably not very surprising. “I’m always prepared,” he explained.

“Whenever my name is called, it’s not a shock to me, just because I keep the same schedule every single day. So whether I play, I don’t play — I’m ready to play at all times.”

It’s hard to see how the South Carolina native hasn’t earned himself a larger role moving forward given the attack he showed defensively and the spacing threat he provides on offense.

It will of course depend on him avoiding his early-season shooting slump that may have contributed to his death of playing time, but having made the most of his opportunity against a top-tier opponent likely helped in that regard.

“Seeing the first one go through always helps as a shooter, even if it’s just a layup or a free throw,” he explained. “Seeing a ball go through once goes a long way.”

“I think it was a statement game. They’re number one in the East, and they’re playing well; they have a really good team. And so for us to come out and hold them to what we did defensively, (we’ll) definitely just carry it and move forward.”

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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