Celtics-Heat takeaways: Schroder shines in preseason finale originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Celtics finished off their preseason with a loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night.
Tyler Herro (29 points) and Jimmy Butler (25) led the way for Miami as it wraps up its preseason with a 5-1 record. As for the C’s, it was two-time All-Star Jayson Tatum pacing the team in points with 23 (8-for-19) to go with nine rebounds in 31 minutes.
Boston finishes its preseason 2-2 and now shifts its focus to Wednesday’s regular-season opener vs. the New York Knicks.
Here are three immediate takeaways from the 121-100 defeat.
Dennis Schroder impresses
Friday night marked Schroder’s second game in Celtics Green and the newly-acquired point guard delivered an encouraging performance.
Schroder did a little bit of everything as he finished with 13 points (6-for-11), six assists, three rebounds and three steals. Besides a questionable trip of Jimmy Butler, the Germany native looked sharp on both ends of the floor.
He even provided a couple of flashbacks to the Rajon Rondo days.
If this was a harbinger of what’s to come for Schroder, we can expect him to be an invaluable sixth man off the Boston bench.
Third-year guard Romeo Langford put an exclamation point on a solid preseason with his best showing yet. He was Boston’s second-leading scorer with 18 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the field and hitting four of his six 3-point attempts.
Langford also did damage on the defensive end, tallying two steals and a block.
In seven games between Summer League and preseason, Langford hit 30 of his 59 shots including 14 of 28 3-pointers. All signs point toward a leap this season for the 21-year-old, and that would be a huge development for this Celtics squad.
Tyler Herro still a thorn in Boston’s side
The Celtics, for whatever reason, can’t solve Tyler Herro. A year ago, the Heat guard dominated Boston in the Orlando bubble. On Friday, he gave the C’s flashbacks of that brutal Eastern Conference Finals defeat.
Herro dropped a game-high 29 points in 23 minutes off the bench. The 13th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft shot 10-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
He’s at his best when the Celtics are in town.
Boston will look to do a better job of defending Miami’s sharpshooter when these two teams face off for the first time in the regular season on Nov. 4.