|Posted by Morena on January 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM|
It was emotional indeed.
In the same situation, if I was Pierce, I would have probably teared up, and I can tell from his face it was hard for him not to. The standing ovation that the TD Garden crowd gave them was well deserved and really heartfelt. I love Garnett and have a lot of respect for Pierce.
That said, they were able to overcome the emotions and play, winning the game, with Brooklyn second unit that killed us, especially in the fourth quarter. From the box score, it doesn’t look like a pretty good game, with both team shooting under 40%.
Brandon Bass was back in the starting unit after coming off the bench for quite some time and he didn’t disappoint. He finished with a team-high 17 points with and unbelievable 100% shooting from the field, missing just a free throw in the whole game. This is the first time I see a player making all the shot he attempted during the game. He also provided a good help off the board grabbing 8 rebounds, finishing with a team high +10. I also like the fact that he’s been consistent throughout the whole game.
Another guy that shot the ball very well was Wallace, once again in the starting unit, that finished with 12 points on 4for8 shooting, to go with 5 rebounds and a couple of assists. Wallace is another guy that was playing against his former team, and even if you can’t compare his emotions to those of Pierce and Garnett, I’m sure he wanted to do well against Brooklyn.
Sullinger struggled a lot last night, grabbing 5 rebounds and scoring just a couple of points on 1for7 shooting. He’s not playing that well as of lately, and after injuring his finger during the last game, we had to expect a difficult game from him. I wonder why, with him struggling so much, Hump played less than 20 minutes, finishing with 6 points and 5 rebounds in that time.
Rondo has been to play more minutes compared to his first games, and this probably helped him find some rhythm. His numbers brought a smile on my face this morning: Rondo-like numbers. He finished the game with 13 points, the first time since coming back that he finished in double figure. Even better, five of those points came in the fourth quarter during which he was 2for4 with a three pointer. He also added 8 assists and 8 rebounds, flirting with his first triple double.
Yeah, I did see the six turnovers, but there’s a reason why that number doesn’t bother me: I said in the post after his first game that I expected him to have a high number of turnover after coming back, because of the new faces on the roster, and his timing that was a little bit off for sure. Instead, he didn’t turn the ball over so much as I expected him to do. Last night, playing more minutes he probably had the chance to find some rhythm, and he risked some more. This could also be a sign that he’s gaining his confidence back: he’s trying. Things won’t be perfect at the beginning, but that’s something he knows and we have to expect. And that’s the reason why I’m not worried about those six turnovers.
Johnson continue to shine off the bench, earning important minutes on the field and finishing with 12 points, and 4 rebounds. Here’s another guy who’s making the best out of his chance!!
The Knicks are better that the last time we faced them, but we still have a chance tomorrow.
Let’s go Celtics!!