Back-to-back double-doubles for Enes Kanter. First time he’s done that as a member of the Celtics. What’s not to like, right?
Daniel Gafford was putty in Kanter’s hands. Wendell Carter Jr. had a tough time defending him in the post, too.
Kanter absolutely played an important role in Boston’s 111-104 win. (For a complete recap of the Celtics' win, click here.)
So Kanter has value beyond the points he scores and his rebounding ability on both ends.
“It’s weird, man. If you look at the league, there’s not many big men that play (with their) back to the basket anymore. But I think, you know, I love that tough stuff and back-to-the-basket game, rebounds and all that. Like the old days.”
But his defense is still an issue.
Yes, Kanter blocked six shots the other night. He had two against the Bulls and made an impressive play to get his lone steal on Saturday. He has his moments.
He still makes too many mistakes, though.
Tomas Satoransky had an easy pass to Carter in the paint, who then got an even easier dunk attempt.
Lauri Markkanen and Thaddeus Young each had an easy fastbreak dunk because Kanter didn’t get back.
Then there was the play where he tried to challenge Markkanen and played him straight up. It was actually a decent attempt. Except Kanter was whistled for a foul because his foot was in the restricted area. He had plenty of time to get in a good position and failed to do so.
Daniel Theis doesn’t make that mistake. Now, Theis might not get the call either, but that’s another story. He usually puts himself in the best spot possible.