|Posted by Morena on December 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM|
This game was pretty much the opposite compared to the last couple of games. Instead of running out of gas in the second quarter, we hang in there, fall back in the third quarter, and then finished a great comeback in the last period. It’s one of those exciting victory that can make the whole arena tremble with energy.
Our shooting percentage was better compared to our last couple of outing, and we rebounded the ball pretty well, but instead of playing the whole game as a team, we relied on some players, and at different times, the right guys were able to step up.
Sully literally kept us alive in the first quarter. His stat line at halftime looked pretty much like the one at the end of the game. Unlike the games against the Nets and Clippers, he shot the ball really well and finished with 19 points (17 at halftime). He was also very aggressive, going to the line and converting all the seven free throw he earned. I also had the chance to see his assist for Wallace, which I loved. Let’s not forget that this guy is just a little more than a rookie. He’s doing so good that it’s easy to forget that.
Green started what looked like an off night, scoring four points to go with two rebounds in three quarters. Then, he registered the same numbers in the last quarter alone, and Stevens said that his defense on Anthony is one of the big reasons why we won the game. That’s something I usually forget to write about, because it’s not always possible to evaluate defense from the numbers. But then, knowing that Green was on Anthony in the last quarter, it’s easy to say he played solid defense: during the first three quarters, Carmelo shot 8for16, while in the last period he went 1for8. And that’s a big reason why the Knicks didn’t score a lot of points down the stretch.
Another guy who really stepped up at the end of the game is Bradley, who wasn’t really playing good up to that point. His shooting percentage in the first three quarter was 33%, but then he knocked down a couple of three pointers that were really big.
A guy who had an amazing performance last night is Lee. He’s another one of those guys whose season is a rollercoaster. And last night he wasn’t just up, he was way up. After two nights during which our bench completely let us down, yesterday our guys came up big, let by Lee who scored 18 points going 6for8 from the field. Wallace and Vitor also were very important, scoring seven point apiece and combining for ten rebounds. Moreover, 5 of the 7 points that Vitor scored, were in the last quarter, and I read that his presence really helped on defense to protect the rim. Kelly was finally back from his injury, and he played 14 minutes scoring 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, and he was also responsible for a big block. He turned the ball over three times, but I think that’s normal coming back from an injury. His timing is probably a bit off.
I think this is another victory that sums up perfectly the kind of team that we are. Don’t you ever dare to count us out, because we’ll fight until the buzzer beater will tell us it’s over.
Now, we have three more games at home, and I hope we’ll be able to take advantage of that.
Minnesota, Detroit, and Washington. We have the chance to go 3-0 in this span, and bring our record back to .500
It won’t be easy, especially with Detroit, but if we keep playing this grinding, scrappy style of basketball, we can beat a lot of teams.
Let’s go Celtics