When Gerald Wallace went on a bit of rant a couple weeks back in Toronto, he spoke about wanting his team to show some fight all game long. This team wasn’t talented enough to not give 100 percent effort, to give in to the opposition during slumps. They had to play hard for 48 minutes, and show some grit if they wanted to compete.
Thankfully, that’s exactly what we saw tonight from this crew tonight. After a miserable second quarter, where they mustered a mere 14.3 percent shooting from the field, erasing all the good feelings from a strong first quarter, the C’s could have given in. After falling behind by 15 points following a barrage of Raptors’ jumpers, they could have given in. That didn’t happen though.
The 15-point deficit was erased by the end of the third quarter and the C’s were nip-and-tuck with Toronto for the majority of the fourth quarter, before turnovers (22) and a lack of shooting did the new-look roster in during Brad Stevens’ debut.
There were highlights (Jeff Green with a game-high 25 points, an impressive debut by Vitor Faverani), lowlights (defensive rebounding, Courtney Lee) but all in all there was plenty to build upon.
We’ll have some full analysis upcoming later this evening. In the meantime, go cheer yourself up and watch the end of the Red Sox game!