|Posted by Morena on January 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM|
I honestly believe that this is the strangest box score I’ve ever seen. Our shooting percentage doesn’t look good at all, but the Hawks’ one is even worse, we have more rebounds, more fast break points, more points in the paint, the turnover number is basically even and we’ve been up for more than three quarters. And we lost. For the second consecutive game, we’ve been outscored badly in the fourth quarter. I said that coming back from some days off can be a little hard sometimes, but we already played one game and there have been some training in between.
The main reason why we lost is called Paul Millsap with his crazy stat line of 34 point and 15 rebounds with his shooting percentage from the field of 63%. Then again, the only reason why we were to keep the game alive is our bench: while they didn’t show up at times this year, yesterday they combined for 56 points and 19 rebounds.
Our starting five looked off for the most part of the game, shooting just 25% from the field.
Bass started off in the right way scoring 7 points in the first quarter, but then he had just two more till the end of the game. He was also pretty aggressive in the beginning, going to the line four times in the first twelve minutes, but after that first quarter, he basically disappeared. Green did basically the same thing. He rebounded the ball a little bit better, but together with Bass, they also turned the ball over six times.
Sully had the worst shooting day among all our guys, going 1for5 from the field and scoring just two points. Moreover, he didn’t shot a single free throw. At least, it looks like he used his energies on defense, grabbing 10 boards, eight of which were on the defensive end, to go with three assists.
Our guards also shot the ball pretty badly, with Bradley and Crawford combining for 5for25 shooting; but you have to appreciate that they still grabbed more rebounds than our forwards.
But now, let’s talk about the real stars of our game: our second unit guys.
Humphries played, number wise, his second best game with the Celtics uniform. Hump finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes, not turning the ball over once, and shooting the ball well. Not having the chance to see the games, I can’t tell if he played better yesterday or against Denver at the beginning of December, but he certainly earned his time on the court in the last quarter, when he also scored 8 points grabbing four boards.
Wallace and Lee played a solid role off the bench, combining for 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds playing a little more than 20 minutes each one. Pressey had one of his classic stat line, with no points and 0for1 shooting, and 5 assists. It’s not the first time I’ve seen Phil attempt just one shot, and he doesn’t always make it, but he sure as hell know how to pass the ball. One of the assists for Kelly was really good. And being used to see the most beautiful passes from Rondo, it’s even harder to appreciate a good pass when you see it, but that assist was really good.
Speaking of Kelly, I was really happy for him after yesterday game. His season is a typical rollercoaster-rookie season, but he was struggling pretty badly after coming back from that ankle injury. Last night, he had his best game as a pro, finishing with 21 points, 5 assist, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. And all this while playing 24 minutes, and turning the ball over just once. Moreover, half of those numbers were in the fourth quarter, when together with Humphries, he kept us in the game.
If someone could have helped Kelly and Humphries in those last 12 minutes, we would talk about a totally different game right now.
What worries me is that we don’t have time to rest or think right now because we play in Chicago tomorrow, but maybe that’s exactly what we need to break through and begin another winning streak. The Bulls are really off after Rose injury. Let’s not underestimate them, but that’s a game we have to win.