In the eyes of Malcolm Brogdon, getting off the bench is a double-edged sword.

It’s been a start throughout his career, and he’s admitted that life as a reserve is a little different.

On the flip side, he enjoys the chance to watch the movement and learn what the Celtics need. He believes that watching the match through an analytical lens pays off when he enters the field.

“I’m trying to figure out what flow is, what we’re missing and what I can offer,” said Brogdon.

He gave them the exact boost they needed on Sunday, scoring a season-high 23 points in the Celtics’ 112-94 win over the Wizards at TD Garden. Brogdon led an excellent all-round effort off the bench, as 2nd Unit in Washington had no chance of keeping up with Boston.

Grant Williams added 10 points, Sam Hauser 9 points and Luke Cornett plus 13 in 19 minutes. With Brogdon as the undisputed leader, the Celtics bench stands out as one of the best in the NBA.

“I want us to believe we’re a starter group too,” said Brogdon. “When we’re there, we play with that energy and we play with that confidence.”

In most other teams, there is a noticeable drop when reserves enter the game. Star power is clearly missing, and crimes tend to stagnate as a result.

The Celtics do not have this problem. Of course they lack the skill of the beginners, like any team, but their bench is also very skilled. Coach Joe Mazzola messed up the rotation early in the year, and they clearly have several effective permutations.

Brogdon, the head of the serpent, attacked the ledge relentlessly and finished 8 of the 8 of the line. He also made four assists and didn’t turn the ball over in 23 minutes – even after he was called into question this afternoon due to a back injury.

Batman – sorry, Williams – came back from a one-game suspension and was his usual self. It’s gotten with Hauser to a point where when he’s getting an open shot, you don’t even need to look to see if it’s going to fall.

Then there’s Kornet, who got the biggest applause of the night when he drilled 3 as the shot clock ended. He also continued to integrate his trademark leap with the attacking player nowhere near him.

“We love it. It’s Luke, man. It’s different,” Marcus Smart said. “You don’t see a lot of people doing that. I think he caught a lot of people off guard. They open up, and then they see this 7-foot-tall jump straight out of nowhere. She’s like, “What’s going on?” it’s working.”

Mazola described it as a “solid tactic” and praised Cornet for his ability to move the ball, provide presence at the edge and rebound. It doesn’t have to do anything flashy, and simply contributes with its size and serviceability.

“I think it fits perfectly with our bench unit,” Mazola said. “I am satisfied with the minutes he gives us.”

Payton Pritchard, Noah Funleigh, Blake Griffin and Justin Jackson are also on hand as needed. The four are capable scorers who excel in specific skills. Everyone threatens to shoot, but everyone is selfless.

There will be games where beginners are cool – including in the qualifiers – and this is a second unit that is perfectly capable of picking up the slack when necessary. The bench began to develop a collective bravado and a sincere expectation of domination. Beginners have noticed.

“Our seat is something we will need this year,” Smart said. “They will help us win many matches.”

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