Breaking his season record in points over two consecutive matches is not easy. This is what Marvin Bagley has just realized, who certainly capped at 15 points since the start of the season. A few days after his exit to 16 points and 9 rebounds against the Lakers, the interior of the Kings has just continued with an even more convincing match in the victory against the Rockets: 26 points (12/20 on shots, his biggest totals of the year), 13 rebounds (also a season record) and 2 blocks.
“ He was very good at finding free spaces when we attacked the circleexplains Alvin Gentry. He saw those holes in the defense, including when we attacked the baseline, and was able to finish. We need that kind of performance from him. »
He actually had no trouble standing out at the heart of the Rockets’ interior defense, known for its permissiveness this season. And no more trouble getting in his left hand “hooks” against Christian Wood or Daniel Theis. Results, his teammates like De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton (20 assists between them) did not hesitate to feed him below.
Out of efficiency in January
” He was very good to us, salute the first city. We all know he can run, he’s athletic. Collectively, when an inside quickly finds his positions at the station, we want to be able to find him and that’s what we managed to do. He was able to finish, get to the free throw line and return his throws (2/2). He was good for us in all areas today. »
The Kings leader believes that his interior has done better since he started and has recovered since replacing Luke Walton for his assistant. What the numbers showed at first, but a little less lately. Since the beginning of January, before his last two outings, he averaged 7 points with only 31% on shots. A percentage unworthy of an interior that has been running at about 50% success since the start of his career.
In tonight’s match, the left-hander believes he took what the opposing defense offered him. Beyond that, believing ” to be in peace » with himself, he says simply try « to stay positive and play as hard as I can every time I step onto the pitch. I’m just happy to be able to contribute to the victory of the team. […] I can go home and look in the mirror and not feel satisfied, but tell myself that I gave it my all. »
It’s up to him to confirm this great performance this Sunday against these same Rockets.
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