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the day Evan Fournier (again) hit the Celtics

Off-peak times oblige, TrashTalk has taken the habit each summer of making you relive with emotion the greatest moments of the past season. Except in 2021, because in the summer of 2021 know that the editorial team came very close to surrendering, but that’s another story. So we go back to the good old formula, we go back a few months, and we remember that this 2021-22 season was crazy, from the first day to the last. Today ? Evan Fournier who (again) took the Celtics for a doormat.

The stats of Vavane’s new masterclass against the Celtics, it’s right here!

It’s early January 2022, and a nice new NBA night is coming. Between two duels Grizzlies – Pistons and Suns – Clippers, a nice Knicks – Celtics is offered to us. And for us, this game is anything but trivial between these two historic Eastern Conference franchises. Indeed, in addition to their importance in the history of the League, these two teams have had a hyphen since the 2021 off-season: this hyphen is French, and his name is Evan Fournier. Player of the club franchise during the second part of the 2020-21 season, Vavane took advantage of the offseason and his status as free agent to head towards Madison Square Garden. You are probably wondering what can be so special about seeing a player face a franchise in which he only stayed a few months, because in a league like the NBA we encounter this situation almost every day. On the other hand, what is less frequent is to see a player rise to a level of Hall of Famer every time he crosses paths with his former employer. And that’s typically what happened this year for Fournier.

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We had already returned a few days ago to the fireworks offered to us by the Celtics and Knicks for the opening of the season. In this crazy match concluded after two extensions, we remember the great performances of Julius Randle (35 points), but especially Jaylen Brown (46 points). But this first spectacular victory was also marked by the excellent game of Evan Fournier, with his 32 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Starting your season this way in front of your home crowd, against your old team which is now a rival in the East, we’ve seen worse. Especially since Vavane will do it again two months later, on December 18, 2021, by releasing a new big game at 32 points in the defeat of his team (114-107). So we come to this January 6, which will see the leader of the France team once again go into MVP mode against his former teammates:

Apart from his cards against Boston, the Frenchy is struggling to find regularity and does not achieve his greatest start to the season. Fortunately for Vavane, it is the Celtics who are coming back to town and the opportunity to revive is good. Evan is not going to miss it: the rear literally catches fire and plunges the entire New York public into sweet madness. Step-backs3-point banderillas in transition or with the fault, small floaters in finesse, Fournier will bring out all the offensive panoply of the unstoppable player. An exceptional match which translates into a line of stats which is just as exceptional, since the guy from Charenton broke several career records that evening: most points scored (41), shots made (15/25) and baskets scored from the parking lot (10/14) in the same game. In addition to having cooked his defenders well, Chef Evan added the icing on his big cake by getting the win, well helped by the killer shot of his teammate RJ Barrett at the buzzer. Second victory in the same season for the Knicks against Boston, an event not so frequent in recent years.

Even if the Celtics will take revenge two days later (with the Frenchman in civilian clothes), a rather crazy observation is therefore imposed on us this season: Evan Fournier was simply untouchable when he played against Boston. Three games during which the Frenchman established himself as the offensive leader of his team with a heavy weight in scoring and shooting percentages to make Monsieur Clean jealous. With 35 points per game against the C’s, the Francilien was therefore well above his annual average of 14 points. Too bad for him, the 82-game NBA schedule does not allow him to play against the same team every time. But just for making us salivate every time a Knicks v Celtics was scheduled, Vavane still deserved to be mentioned on our list of highlights of the season.

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This season, Evan Fournier was determined to do some dirty work against his former franchise. With three excellent games, two victories and several personal bests broken, we can say that the Frenchman has assured. It’s unclear what the Celtics did to him, but seeing the number 13 play for the Greens was always a big show this season. Surely not enough to return to Hall of Famebut we will remember.

Source : ZH Highlights

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