The Boston Celtics held a 25-point lead heading into the fourth quarter in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at TD Garden.

And whereas the Celtics didn’t blow the sport, incomes a 121-109 win, that lead was minimize to merely 9 factors with 3:40 left. It definitely wasn’t a powerful ending to a contest the Celtics dominated throughout the first half, and maintained within the third quarter.

Celtics large man Tristan Thompson, for one, wasn’t all too thrilled with the way it performed out. And Thompson had a message for the staff after the sport.

“So, for me, like I mentioned to the fellows tonight — it’s a very good win, however we’re up 20, 22 factors we bought to shut it out,” Thompson instructed reporters after the sport. “Those minutes, the final six minutes, these minutes are purported to be devoted to Tremont Waters, Aaron (Nesmith), Tacko Fall, Carsen Edwards. Those final six minutes are purported to be for these younger guys.

“It’s our unhealthy and it’s egocentric on our half with the primary and second unit that we didn’t stomp on their (Hawks) necks and allow them to bleed out to dying as a result of these guys need to go on the market and get some minutes,” Thompson continued. “They are available in day-after-day and so they work arduous and so they watch us and help us from the bench. It’s solely proper that once we’re up like that we maintain enterprise so that they go on the market and play and we cheer them on.”

Thompson performed a priceless position in Friday’s win over the Hawks as he and Daniel Theis managed the paint with their high-low connection.

Thompson, who’s taking part in his first 12 months in Boston, completed with 17 factors on 8-for-9 from the sphere. He added 5 rebounds, three assists and one block, as effectively.

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