Jonas Jerebko was the lone bright spot early for the struggling Boston Celtics during their series-ending Game 6 loss to Atlanta. But he faded in the second half, ending with 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two blocks and one rebound.
Jerebko was the first Celtic to hit double-digits in points, but faded as the Hawks dominated Boston in the third quarter. The Swedish Bird started the last five games of the playoff series, after not starting a game during the regular season. Still, expect him to return to a reserve role next season. He has one more year remaining on his Celtics' contract.
Jerebko led the
Jonas Jerebko totaled 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and one assist in 31 minutes during the Boston Celtics ' 104-95 overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday.
Jerebko was excellent once again on Sunday as Boston evened the series with Atlanta at 2-2. Celtics' coach Brad Stevens' decision to switch Jerebko into the starting lineup has helped change the entire outlook of round one, as the defense is quicker while the offense features better spacing. Former starter Jared Sullinger played 28 minutes combined during Boston's last two home games, and Jerebko seems to have a firm lock on the starting spot going forward in this series.
Jonas Jerebko finished with 11 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists, and one block in 37 minutes during the Boston Celtics ' 111-103 win over the Hawks on Friday.
Jerebko had more shot attempts than points, but he posted a team-high plus/minus of +14 in his first start of the series. Jerebko seems likely to stick in the starting lineup at power forward given that he is capable of shooting the three and defending decently. Meanwhile, former starter Jared Sullinger played only 11 minutes behind Amir Johnson, as Sullinger had been eaten alive by the Hawks' Al Horford for the first two contests.
Jonas Jerebko is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Hawks.
Head coach Brad Stevens is shaking up his starting five Friday by replacing Jared Sullinger with Jerebko. The 29-year-old from Sweden has outperformed Sullinger to this point in the series despite that not necessarily showing up in the box score. Jerebko has a combined nine points, 10 rebounds, and four assists over 37 total minutes through two games this series and he figures to see a slight uptick in production Friday thanks to a minutes boost.
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