|Posted by Morena on January 12, 2014 at 7:10 AM|
We didn’t get the win as I was hoping before the game, but it’s been another hard fought game. Honestly, Portland record at home is pretty good, and this was one of the hardest game of this road trip and certainly not one of the game to win, but I love that our team started to fight once again, and they showed more than once that when they play like that, they’re capable of great surprises.
Once again, the numbers look very balanced; what I really appreciated is that we’ve been able to get a good number of assists, while our turnovers were really down last night, especially compared to the number we usually post in that department.
Green is still on one of those positive streak, finishing the game with 16 points and 8 rebounds, 6 of which were on the defensive end, and that show a little more effort from his part. What I like about his numbers of last night is the one turnover, and the fact that all the scoring and rebounding has been almost consistent throughout the game, with a little improvement in the last quarter, when our team had a really hard time shooting the ball. Green himself didn’t shoot really well last night, but that was especially in the second quarter when he finished 1for5 from the field.
Bass keeps shooting the ball really well; but he doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to score. He’s been one of our best shooter as of lately and I would like to see him getting a little more shot while he’s hot. Nonetheless, he keeps having a really solid all-around game.
Another solid game from Humphries also, that finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds, and once again, he made Portland feel his presence with those 3 blocks. I didn’t give Humph much credit at the beginning of the year to be honest, but he’s doing some solid work for us, both when he’s had the chance to start, that when he comes off the bench.
Bradley has been maybe the best player on the field, finishing with a team high 25 points on 11for19 shooting, to go with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Moreover, he took a really good care of the ball not having a single turnover.
Crawford instead keeps struggling right now. It’s true that he finished with 13 points and 6 assist, once again with no turnover, but his shooting percentage from the field last night was 37%, and in the fourth quarter he was 1for8. I don’t know how the guys played in the last quarter, and honestly, everyone pretty much struggled shooting the ball, but when you’re shooting that bad, maybe you should come up with more team basketball, unless the game is on the line and you’re one of the most clutch players in the league. But this wasn’t the case. Crawford was really on fire at the beginning of the year, but right know he’d need some help. When Rondo will be back, I think it will help him coming off the bench and have a little less responsibility.
Sully came once again off the bench, and once again, he’s been able to give us some big help, finishing with 14 points and a team high 10 rebounds. He still struggled shooting, but I think he’s really working his way out of this slump.
Bayless had another good game with 12 points and 6 assist. I don’t know much about this guy, but I hope he’ll be able to give up some quality time off the bench. He’s slowly starting to grow since he first came in Boston; let’s not forget that the point guard is probably the hardest spot to play, let alone when you arrive in a team in the middle of the season, when you don’t know nothing of the playbook.
Let’s go back to Boston now with this fighting attitude, and let’s take advantage of home field.