Aron Baynes, who spent the first five seasons of his NBA career toiling in obscurity, stopped Sixers center Joel Embiid in the post at the end of the fourth quarter to help the Celtics clinch their series-winning Game 5 victory Wednesday.
There isn’t a single sentence that embodies Brad Stevens’ Celtics more than that.
The Celtics have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, thanks to brilliant play and coaching from an overachieving group. The contributions from Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier are lauded on a daily basis. Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart, who played a perfect Marcus Smart game Wednesday, have received their rightful praise as well.
But every player on Stevens’ squad plays a role. On Wednesday, Ba