Seven highlight videos tonight! Almost too many.
3. JaJuan Johnson Is Seen
Two consecutive possessions of JaJuan Johnson scoring in two different ways! I like the jump shot. Which is your favorite?
Bet it’s pretty frustrating for JaJuan to be seeing less playing time than E’Twaun Moore, his own teammate picked 28 spots after him, and Greg Stiemsma, a giant Child of the Corn. “Don’t worry, JaJuan,” says Avery Bradley. “I was a higher pick than you and I got less playing time last year than Luke Harangody and Semih Erden.” JaJuan immediately feels better.
2. Avery Bradley Raises Everyone’s Expectations
On several possessions, including these two, Bradley seemed very committed to scoring on his own. Like, he knew he could pass out to safer scoring options, and there was plenty of time on the clock, but Bradley decided to take it in himself. Very bold decision-making for someone whose PER last year would be a failing GPA. But bold decision-making is exactly what Avery Bradley should be doing against bad teams like the Raptors, and both of these plays were awesome.
1. KG Beats the Buzzer to Death
“He should shoot those more.” -Every single person you will talk to today
That was awesome! But he should not shoot those more. KG would, if we’re being very nice, hit about 28% of his threes. Josh Smith could shoot threes for a big man, but there’s a reason why he doesn’t take them anymore.
0. E’Twaun Throws a Pick Three
I left E’Twaun Moore a voicemail on his Samsung Galaxy before the game to ask if he could throw a crosscourt pass into double coverage, so we could do a Super Bowl tie-in with the bloopers. A “Super Bowl Super Bloops” type thing. He never got back, but looks like he got the message anyway.
E’Twaun, if you read this: can you confirm that you’re getting my v-mails? Is your number still 719-266-2837?
BONUS: KG Enjoys Gino
Fascinating how much the Toronto announcing team enjoys/is clearly familiar with Gino. Do they know that Gino shows up only when victory is assured? Or, because they only see Toronto in the Garden, do they think that Gino is just a thing the Celtics do every game regardless of outcome? I honestly believe they don’t know. They love it too much.