When Reggie Evans gets 15 [or more] rebounds in a game, will the Raptors be more likely to win or lose?Friday, October 29th, 2010
With the following blog entry in mind ….
“Reggie (Evans) is a guy in this league who isn’t ashamed of his role,” Jack boasted to Hoops Addict after the game. “Most guys who grabbed 16 rebounds would want to know why they aren’t getting plays called for them. Reggie is very comfortable in his own skin and is a very selfless player. You can’t ask for anything more from a veteran leader.”
A lack of touches on the offensive end could qualify as the understatement of the year. Despite grabbing four offensive rebounds, Evans still only attempted two field goal attempts.
Granted, fans and the coaching staff cringed when he attempted both field goals, but you have to admire the restraint it must take for Evans to kick the ball back out to a teammate after he has worked so hard for the rebound as most guys around the NBA are worried about pumping up their scoring averages even if it comes at the expense of their team.
Not Evans, as he’s more than happy to do the little things in order to give his team a chance of getting a win.
“I don’t really worry about my shot because at the end of the day even if I hit both my field goals we still would have scored 100 points,” Evans told Hoops Addict after the game. “Scoring is the least of my concerns. My biggest concern is rebounding the ball and playing defense. In the past this team has been labelled as soft so I’m doing my best to try and get away from that label. ”
As great as that selfless attitude is, it also means that opposing teams can sag off him when he’s on offense. Against New York he only attempted two field goals and one that sticks out in my mind was when it appeared the defender was begging him to shoot. When Evans did get goaded into taking the shot it clanged off the backboard and rim and there was a noticeable gasp and then groan among the fans at the Air Canada Centre.
and the specific comment which you see there from yours truly …
Here’s a simple question for Raptors fans to consider:
Thus far, the Raptors’ record in such games stands at 0-1.
PLEASE NOTE: For those who might be interested, here’s a Statistical comparison between Reggie Evans and Dennis Rodman, Maurice Lucas and Paul Silas.