Jaylen Brown Sends Message After Dennis Schroder Receives MVP Chants

Jaylen Brown shouts out Dennis Schroder

Getty BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 10: Dennis Schroder #71 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half of the game against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on November 10, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

MVP chants echoed through the TD Garden crowd late in overtime on Friday night. No, it wasn’t for Jayson Tatum. Jaylen Brown? Nope, he remains sidelined. How about that Greek “freak” who typically plays for the opposition? You know, the one who already has a few trophies up on his mantle? Think again. Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game due to an ankle injury.

Instead, it was Celtics guard Dennis Schroder who was stepping to the free-throw line, putting an exclamation point on his 38-point explosion against the defending NBA champions.

“I mean, it’s great. But for me that don’t count, I need a win,” said Schroder of the MVP chants following the game, via The Athletic’s Jay King. Speaking of needing a win, the Celtics got just that against the Bucks. Riding the coattails of Schroder’s 16-of-27 shooting night, Boston knocked off Milwaukee to the tune of 122-113, capturing their fourth win over their last five games.

Schroder was seemingly brought to Boston this offseason to bring a jolt to the C’s second unit. However, with Brown nursing a hamstring injury, Schroder has been thrust into the starting lineup of late, drawing the start in three consecutive games. Clearly, Brown has taken a liking towards Schroders play, sharing praise for the German guard on Twitter shortly after Boston’s victory.

Schroder Shining With the Starters

Schroder’s outing against the Bucks was surely the highlight of his Celtics tenure thus far, as he came just three points shy of his career-high in scoring. However, the past week has been littered with strong play from the former Lakers starter. Over his last three games, Schroder has averaged 26 points per game, while shooting 51.6% from the field on 64 attempts.

“He’s finding his way. He’s brought his bench role to the starting lineup. He’s been very aggressive,” head coach Ime Udoka said of Schroder after Friday’s win. “He’s an aggressive guy. He can do both (penetrate and make nice passes), and he had a great night tonight, which we needed.”

As for Schroder, he’s still somewhat finding his footing just 12 games into his Celtics career. However, his confidence remains sky-high thanks in large part to his surrounding cast.

“Trying to get comfortable is a big key for me always when I play,” Schroder said. “My teammates are doing a great job telling me just to go, don’t think about nothing, just play. Coaches as well, front office as well. I feel very confident right now, comfortable, and looking forward to whatever comes next.”

The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here!

Join Heavy on Celtics!

Marcus Smart Stepping Up

Schroder isn’t the only Celtics guard who elevated their play against the Bucks. Marcus Smart chipped in with a season-high 19 points on 40.0% shooting from the field. His six assists on the night also marked a team-high.

As Celtics fans well know, Smart’s early-season woes were borderline historically bad, via Mass Live’s Brian Robb:

Entering Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, there was just one player in the entire NBA who attempted more than eight field goals per game and was shooting worse than Marcus Smart over his first 10 games of the season: Orlando Magic rookie Jalen Suggs (30.6 percent).

However, Smart appears to have been steadily turning the corner over his last three games, boasting a 46.7% field-goal percentage while averaging 13 points and 6.0 assists. For reference, prior to his recent three-game stretch, Smart had scored double-digit points just twice all season and accounted for more than five assists just once.


Read More