How Derrick White Did in Celtics Debut: Boston’s New Acquisition Shines in Team’s Victory Over Nuggets

Derrick White

Derrick White played a major role in the Boston Celtics’ win over the Nuggets Friday, having a solid debut with the team after being acquired Thursday at the trade deadline.

“It was crazy,” White said after the win. “I’m really appreciative of all the love that they showed me. Kind of had goosebumps when I was checking in and I was a little nervous. But I was extremely thankful for the ovation that I got.”

White posted 15 points on six boards, also adding two assists across 28 minutes. The 27-year-old contributed to Boston’s seventh straight win, and he already looks comfortable with his new team.

The guard looked rather cool and confident on the court Friday, even after finding out 45 minutes before the game that he could suit up — he wasn’t even supposed to play tonight. Daniel Theis — also acquired at the deadline — didn’t suit up.

“Just try to make their lives easier, space the floor, create and make plays, compete defensively,” White said of his fit. “Lately, they’ve been pretty special at the defensive end, so I just wanted to come in and not mess that up and try to help them out on that end as well. So just try to do a little bit of everything and play my game and I think I’ll help the team.”

White was part of a deal that sent Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford to the Spurs.

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