|Posted by Morena on December 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM|
This was not the game we wanted to lose. It’s still a little bit odd to see Pierce and Garnett with a different uniform on the other side of the court. When I actually realize that they’re on the other team now, my competitive fire just burn brighter.
All in all, I don’t think we played a bad game, but they just played better. The only mistake is probably the way we started the first quarter. Against the Knicks we literally killed them in the first period, while this time we finished down by 11 points. Looking at the box score, all the numbers look a little bit off, they grabbed, more rebounds, scored more points in the paint, and their shooting percentage was too high, but if you take the numbers of our guys, they’re not bad at all. At least, those of the starting five.
Green just keeps following that invisible line of about “almost-20-points, almost-10-rebounds” with a consistency that is even difficult to believe. If this is the players he can be, the player he fought hard to be, then I’m damn happy to have him on my team. It’s the kind of player that you need on the team. Not the star that you build you team around, but he can be one of the wings that can help the star fly. This is a team sport, and team players are fundamental.
Bass had a tough shooting night, but he made up for it fighting hard once again and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. Moreover, he just keeps getting to the line. And he’s the only one on our team that does that. I would love to see the other guys a little more aggressive. We have guys that can make free throws, and we should take advantage of this. In the last three games, we shot 66 free throws, and 23 of them were attempted by Bass. He is responsible for the 33% our free throws, and while I appreciate his effort, the percentage is way too high.
Bradley was our best scorer, with a team high 22 points on 8for16 shooting. And let’s not forget he had a tough matchup against Net’s backcourt, with Deron Williams setting a season high 25 points. I’m not sure who we asked Bradley to cover for the night, but Brooklyn guard scored just seven points and didn’t shot the ball pretty well, so I guess we should give Bradley some credit.
Crawford had another solid performance, scoring 15 points to go with 4 assists. As of lately, he’s taking really good care of the ball. Yesterday, he didn’t’ dish out a lot of assist, but he also had just a turnover. The whole team yesterday was careful with the ball if you consider that Wallace and Green combined for six turnovers and we finished the game with a total of nine.
What we missed during last night game, is a lift from our bench. On a total of 96 points, just 12 were scored from guys off the bench, even if Wallace, Lee and Humphries all played significant minutes. The best among the three of them I think it’s Wallace, because he also grabbed six rebound, while the other guys weren’t able to spark our team. And not because they didn’t shot the ball well, they just attempted a really low number of shot.
I have the impression that the level of energy of the whole team wasn’t very high, because otherwise, this was I game that I think we could win.
I hope we will find the energy tonight.
We shouldn’t have a hard time finding the motivation. It will be an emotional night.
Let’s translate this feeling in hunger and let’s get another win.