April 3, 2021 | 9:14 a.m. M.
Evan Fournier’s first games as Celtic were the ones he would like to forget.
The veteran guard, who was acquired by the Celtics before the March 25 trade deadline, shot 0 of 10 from the field in his first game with the Celtics in Monday’s loss to the Pelicans. His next game wasn’t impressive either. In Wednesday’s loss to the Mavericks, Fournier made a few buckets, going 3-of-6 from the field, but finished with just six points and didn’t make a triple.
Friday’s game against the Rockets looked like another failure for Fournier. During the first three quarters, Fournier was just 1 of 6 shots from the field and only had two points. However, the tide turned in the fourth quarter, and Fournier looked like the player the Celtics traded for.
The sharp guard made his next seven shots, six of which were triples, in the Celtics’ 118-102 victory over the Rockets. Fournier finished with 23 points, hitting 8 of 13 from the field and 7 of 11 from 3-point territory.
“I always try to stay in the moment. Never too high, never too low. That has been my motto for years, ”Fournier told reporters about his first games in Boston. “I have played nine years in this league. I know who I am and I know what I am capable of.
“Obviously that first game wasn’t how I wanted to start with the Celtics, but it’s not going to define who I am with this team. I’ve said it many times. I will try to impact the victory as much as I can and I am very happy for the victory tonight. In the future, I’m going to try my best and help the guys. “
Fournier’s fourth quarter was truly historic. His 20 points on perfect shots made him the second Celtics player to do that in the past 25 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Evan Fournier is the second Celtics player in the past 25 seasons to score 20 points on 100% shooting in a quarter, joining Paul Pierce in 2009 against the Bulls. pic.twitter.com/dvg92OBXBn
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 3, 2021
Celtics coach Brad Stevens was happy to see the newcomer get out of the situation.
“I give it a lot of credit,” Stevens said. “I can already tell that he’s not really an emotional roller coaster guy, he’s a pretty balanced guy who comes to work every day and has done his normal amount of shots, he doesn’t seem bothered by the fact that he started in that first game 0 out of 10. He didn’t seem bothered by the fact that we didn’t give them enough shots as a team the other day.
“He’s just trying to figure out how he can help us impact us and we did a better job finding him tonight, especially once he got underway.”
Now that he’s gotten over his drop in pitches, Fournier said he can have a little more fun in his new home.
“You know I’m going to enjoy my glass of wine tonight and you know I’m going to sleep really well,” Fournier said.
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