|Posted by Morena on January 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM|
This is one of those game that we should have won.
We come off a tough part of our schedule, and this was probably one of the easiest game. Orlando is not a good team, and they’re struggling even more than us. The problem is, we really couldn’t put the ball in the basket last night: other than Humphries, none of the starters had a decent shooting percentage. Once again, we finished the game with a limited amount of turnovers, but that’s not enough to win a game when you’re shooting 37% from the field and 23% behind the three point line.
Green finished the game with 22 points, with 4for11 shooting. As everybody else, he had problems shooting the ball, but I have to applaud him for being aggressive the whole night, especially in the second quarter, during which he earned 14 free throws that helped our comeback. Green also finished the game with 3 assist, no turnover. I wish he would have rebounded a little bit more: a couple of rebounds and we could have won the game.
Humphries on the contrary, rebounded the ball really well and had a really good game. He finished with a team high +11, scoring 18 points on 8for15 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds and a couple of blocks. He played just a few minutes in the fourth period, but in the first three quarters he’s been really solid and consistent.
Bradley also scored 18 points, but he did so while shooting 33%, and even worse, he was 0for5 from behind the arc. To his credit, when we disappeared from the field in the second quarter, he’s been the one that kept us in the game scoring 10 points, which is exactly half of the team total points scored in that period.
Bayless was shooting the ball pretty well off the bench. The guard scored 4 points in the first quarter on 2for4 shooting, and grabbed a couple of rebounds before injuring himself just a minute after checking in the third period. Jerryd sprained his toe and it looks like he won’t be available for the next game. I hope he gets back fast because he can be a valuable asset in our rotation right now.
Another guy that shot the ball pretty well off the bench is Kelly. After the great performance of last night, the rookie scored 9 points in 16 minutes, to go with 5 rebounds and a couple of assists. On the contrary, Wallace played almost 20 minutes without scoring (to be honest he attempted just a shot) and grabbing just three rebounds.
Rondo’s numbers were fine once again, I didn’t expect him to do anything different than what he’s doing. I know he’ll need some time to get back in the flow, but as Ainge said, I believe he can find his rhythm faster than most players, and that’s because he really never stopped mentally; he’s always been involved in the game during practice and from the bench. I’m curious to see the game in Miami: he already said he doesn’t like those guys!!