|Posted by Morena on January 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM|
The game was not very appealing - the last two teams of the Atlantic Division of the Easter Conference facing each other: almost same record and both team coming into this game with a three-game losing streak going on.
Yet, I was waiting for this game. The Celtics played a pretty awful game against the Knicks on Tuesday, once again not stepping on the court as a team and unable to get things done individually. I wanted to see if my team learned something from that game, I wanted to see my team and be able to recognize it. And I can’t say I’m disappointed by the effort. I’d just wish to be able to write about a win.
The game was a balanced one, with both teams not shooting well; we turned the ball over a lot, but Philly didn’t take advantage of that, scoring 15 points, just three more that the Celtics. We totally outplayed them off the boards, thanks to Sully’s monster game, but they scored a lot more in points in the paint. In the end, the game was decided in the last 10 seconds, when Humphries missed a shot while Turner scored on the buzzer.
That’s not to say it was Humphries fault if we lost; on the contrary, the guys almost recorded a double double off the bench playing 20 minutes. After the first quarter in which he scored no points, Hump make the best out of the minutes Stevens gave him, also attacking the basket earning 8 free throws. Hump is also one of the few guys with a good shooting percentage, last night and in the last month.
Even shooting 36%, there’s no question that Sully was the best player on the court last night. The guy finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds, to go with a pair of assists. Before the game, Stevens told him that they needed him to be some years ahead of his age on the field, and Sully showed he got the message, and with Rondo out, he stepped up and tried everything to lead the team to a victory. He finished 9for25 from the field, but even if he struggled, he kept fighting until the very last minute.
All the bench guys came up big last night for the team:
Bayless was back after missing some games with a foot injury, and reminded us why trading for him wasn’t a mistake: Jerryd struggled shooting the ball as most of the guys, but still finished with 10 points and four rebounds making up for the couple of turnovers with 3 steals. The guy seem to put in the effort, and I think he can be pretty valuable for us off the bench.
Once again, I can’t avoid to say something about Johnson: Chris is really playing some unbelievable basketball for us. Last night he finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds in twenty minutes. He earned another 10 days contract, but I honestly hope the Celtics will keep him even further. I also love his fighting attitude: when a couple of nights ago Stevens asked him if he was hurt and he answered that he can’t be hurt right now, he showed how determined he is.
Olynyk played a really good game. In 18 minutes, Kelly scored 9 points on 4for8 shooting to go with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a couple of blocks. He didn’t get the chance to play a lot of minutes, but he sure earned every one of them.
Now a day off before the Magic come to town.
We’ll have to seek a revenge against those guys.