Former Celtic MarShon Brooks let the Celtics know that maybe they made a big mistake. Brooks, whom the C’s dealt to the Warriors in mid-January, joined the Lakers via another trade on Wednesday and appeared in his first game with Los Angeles Friday night. Was it destiny that his first game was against the Celtics?
The third-year guard started the fourth quarter and scored the first six points of the period, allowing the Lakers to cut into an 11-point deficit. He continued to light the Celtics up throughout the 4th, totaling 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Brooks was the spark, the flame that put the Lakers in motion to take the lead over Boston.
Brooks finished with 14 points, two rebounds and three steals while helping the Lakers outscore the Celtics by 21 points during his 23 minutes of playing time.
"You know what, a lot of people think I should be mad at the Boston Celtics, but I guarantee you that there’s no one happier for me than Brad Stevens and Jay Larranaga," said Brooks. "No one is happier for me. They've seen all the work I put in. They've seen all the work I put in -- guarding Jay Larranaga, full-court, off days. I put in a lot of work, so it just paid off."
Stevens tipped his cap to his former player.
"[Brooks] can score and he can get going," said Stevens, who sought out Brooks on the floor after the game to congratulate him. "You let him get in a rhythm with shots at the rim, it could be a long night. Because when he gets going, that’s when he’s really, really good. I coached against [Kent] Bazemore, too, when he was in college, and those guys are good players.
"As much as change sometimes is difficult, it’s also an opportunity, and they both took great advantage of that opportunity today."
What did the 25-year-old Brooks learn during his time in Boston?
"It was a humbling experience, obviously, me not getting an opportunity on a team that was struggling at the time I was there," said Brooks. "That was kind of humbling. I just continue to work."
Brooks was just in an odd spot with the Celtics. For whatever reason he didn't see much playing time. It's worked out for everyone. Brooks will get a better chance with the Lakers.