Seeing the ankle Dennis Schroder to bend and especially the latter to do the same, in pain, we thought that a return to the locker room was going to be necessary. Darvin Ham too, while his team was trailing by three points (87-90), six minutes from the end against the Heat, when the coach took his time-out.
” I told him that I had seen him limp and that I had to get him out. He told me ‘No, leave me on the floor, I’ll be fine coach, I’m fine’. He said to me, ‘I’m not going to be good, I’m going to be great. ‘ These are his words », reports in detail the technician.
The latter did well to listen to his leader because a few seconds later, he was frolicking at full speed in transition to be served in the corner by Russell Westbrook. His 3-point shot allowed the Lakers to regain the advantage. He then offered several series of free throws and signed an important penetration twenty seconds from the end.
It’s simple, he scored all of his 14 points in the period… after his ankle spun! ” He was phenomenal “, can qualify Darvin Ham. His leader finished as the game’s top scorer with 32 points (8/15 on shots including 4/7 from afar and 12/14 on free throws) – his record this season – 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in 40 minutes .
The tenacious kid I fell in love with in Atlanta
His coach, assistant to the Hawks ten years ago, had the impression of finding ” the tenacious kid I fell in love with in Atlanta in 2013 during his rookie season. It was obvious that he was going to become special, by the way he worked and because he always shines in the big moments. »
This meeting was one since the Lakers had to compose without LeBron James, nor Anthony Davis, as well as Lonnie Walker IV or even Troy Brown Jr. who had to leave his partners along the way.
” It’s a big win, with AD and Bron on the sidelines. I have to be more aggressive anyway, even when AD and Bron come back, to open up possibilities for them. Upon hearing that Bron was sick and AD is still missing, everyone just gave a little more “Remarks the former Celtics player.
His ankle injury or his blow to the face earlier in the match? ” I play every match as if it were my last. You never know what will happen. I was lucky to be hot tonight, my teammates were good at feeding me and setting me up screens “, he ends simply.
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