“Hami loves the Garden. “ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s finding is indisputable: last March, the Queens native tied his season record with 12 points on the Madison Square Garden floor, and on Friday he planted 23 points in the victory of his own, his second best career mark. He added 11 rebounds to the addition to compile his fourth double-double.
Since arriving in the league, he has exceeded 10 units on average against just two teams. New York, with 12.3 points in four clashes, and Brooklyn, with 10.7 points in three games, including last night’s, which was perfect to follow up. On his cloud, the third year planted 25 points at 10/14 in victory.
“It was a good road trip” he emphasizes, the Thunder having won before that against Orlando and New Orleans losing only in Miami in its five games away from home.
“The development of a player is not linear”
“I learned to read the tusks, take what they offer” analyzes the one who added 4 interceptions to his stats line yesterday. “I’m doing the right thing on this side of the pitch and the rest will follow. Sometimes the scoring follows, sometimes it doesn’t, but I want to give it my all every night. It’s one of my goals: to make it harder for the best players. “
“I watch a lot of videos” he adds. “ My teammates help me a lot, I see Shai playing on pick-and-roll… I take their advice, I watch how they face the defenses. We are there for each other ” entrusts the 45th choice of Draft 2018, which turns to 12 points on average after 9 games. A great reward after the first two years marked by irregularity and physical problems.
“He’s had a lot of ups and downs, injuries, nights where he was approaching his potential, and it’s a reminder that a player’s development is not linear.” describes in particular his trainer Mike Daigneault. “He’s someone who tempers storms. He has always remained professional. He plays like that thanks to everything he’s been through. He was not always so consistent because it takes time. “