In the latter, he played easily his most significant minutes of the season, scoring 9 points and largely surviving defensively to help the Celtics to a surprising halftime lead.
The commonality between both of these performances is that Parker was deployed as a change-of-pace, someone who wouldn’t have game-planned for. He’s a situationally useful forward during the regular season, but his many substantial drawbacks are still present, and in the current NBA, he’s a player that a team with serious playoff intent can’t afford to play when it matters. Like Green with the 2018-19 Wizards, what’s best for Parker might be to find a young franchise that will offer him big minutes and an opportunity to grow as a player and veteran leader without immediate pressure.
For the Celtics, it’s time to simplify the rotation with players who can dependably play in a variety of different circumstances.