The majority of James Young’s career minutes have come during garbage time – late in a game when the Celtics are either leading big or trailing big.
Saturday night, however, Brad Stevens inserted Young during the second quarter of a tight matchup against the Indiana Pacers, and the young guard delivered with the best all-around game of his career.
Young posted 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist during Boston’s 105-99 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He shot 5-of-6 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and provided a much-needed active, physical presence on the defensive end of the floor.
“It felt really good just to go out there and play the game right,” said Young with a grin of pleasure and fulfillment after finishing one point shy of his career high. “Coach said for me to stay ready, and I was. I’ve just been working hard ever since the summer, trying to stay consistent with the little things, and really just try to help the team out.”