|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
In just 13 minutes of work because of foul trouble. Randolph had a career high 16 points, and he also grabbed 7 rebounds. Randolph eventually fouled out, but his impact was enough to keep us wanting more. Shavlik was about this game being his best, and he had this to say about the matter.
"No, because we lost," he said before departing the Celtics' locker room after Friday's 97-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I was just rolling hard to the basket and guys were finding me, simple as that," said Randolph. "I was getting good passes, putting me in positions where I can finish around the rim. I wasn’t really making any tough shots, just my teammates were finding me."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers chuckled while relaying how Randolph's slight hesitation around the basket actually probably helped him draw a couple whistles against over-eager defenders. But he really likes what he's seen from the 29-year-old big man, who is making a strong case to be a rotation-caliber big even when reinforcements arrive.
"He's playing great. Just leave it at that; he's just playing great basketball and we're going to keep playing him," said Rivers.
Even if that means playing through the whistles.
"Just try to keep my composure," Randolph said of getting past foul trouble. "In a game, you’re not always going to agree with the calls, that’s just the nature of the game. You just try to keep playing. If you foul out, then you try to cheer your teammates on. That’s what I tried to do tonight."
The Celtics sorely missed Randolph's size and rebounding abilities when he was off the floor. And he knows that it's his defense and rebounding that will keep him on the court if he can carve out a playoff role with this team.
"Like I said, my job is not to score," said Randolph. "If I’m able to play off [teammates], give some opportunistic baskets, that’s a bonus. But my job is to rebound and play defense. ... All I know is I’ll be ready, regardless [of any playoff role]."
Will Doc use this guy in the playoffs. Randolph seems to be ready, and he's impacted the game when given playing time. Randolph gets his role, and that's why he's been on the money. I'm a bit concerned with calls made on Randolph, fouling out wasn't acceptable. I think he's proven a lot, but I think Randolph will be forgotten when the playoffs start. It's who Doc has been in the playoffs, but sometimes things change.