Jayson and Jaylen remained the center of attention for Boston’s victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5. However, the victory that provided the Celtics a 3-2 series lead and put them on the verge of entering the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, was beyond Tatum and Brown’s performance. These two players particularly struggled in the first quarter.
Derrick White becomes Boston’s unsung hero in a long road win for the second consecutive game and rose to the occasion to be the team’s unsung hero. White’s efforts were modest but significant, as he contributed 14 points on 6-for-8 hitting off the bench, to go with five assists, two steals, and a block. White gave Boston a powerful start in the last two games and provided equal opportunity for other players. White filled the loopholes in the first half of Game 5, scoring 11 points in the opening 24 minutes as Tatum and Brown totaled only 10 points. His back-to-back good performances marked only the second time in the playoffs that he has scored in double figures.
Apart from his supportive performance, White isn’t getting attention these days, but his teammates have noticed how he has stepped up and how much he has improved in a few games. If utilized perfectly, White has a lot to show and perform inside the court. White is a smart player capable to make really big plays and at least social media fans will showcase his tremendous form. Every player faces ups and downs but to display the positive part of the game is what they need to retain motivation. People and the media have the power to propel these unsung heroes to new heights.
The in-form Derrick White is all set to steal the show in their next outing and hopefully will gain sufficient appreciation from the media.