Evan Fournier’s first games as a Celtic were ones he would like to forget.
The veteran guard, who was acquired by the Celtics prior to the March 25 trade deadline, shot 0-for-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-for-6 from the field, but finished with just six points and didn’t make a 3-pointer.
Friday’s game against the Rockets was looking like another dud for Fournier. Over the first three quarters, Fournier was just 1-for-6 from the field and had only two points. The tide changed though in the fourth quarter, and Fournier looked like the player the Celtics traded for.
The sharpshooting guard made his next seven shots, six of which were 3-pointers, in the Celtics’ 118-102 victory over the Rockets. Fournier finished with 23 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field and 7-for-11 from 3-point territory.
“I always try to stay in the moment. Never too high, never too low. That’s been my motto for years now,” Fournier told reporters of his first few games in Boston. “I’ve played nine years in this league now. I know who I am and know what I’m capable of doing.
“So obviously, that first game was not the way 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’m going to try to impact winning as much as I can and I’m really happy about the win tonight. Moving forward I’m going to try as hard as I can and help the guys.”
Fournier’s fourth quarter was actually historic. His 20 points on perfect shooting made him the second Celtics player to do that over the last 25 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Evan Fournier is the 2nd Celtics player over the last 25 seasons to score 20 points on 100% shooting in a quarter, joining Paul Pierce in 2009 vs the Bulls. pic.twitter.com/dvg92OBXBn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 3, 2021
Celtics coach Brad Stevens was happy to see the newcomer get off the schneid.
“I give him a lot of credit,” Stevens said. “I can already tell he’s not really a guy that rides the emotional roller coaster, he’s a pretty even-keeled guy and he’s come into work every day and gotten his normal amount of shots up, doesn’t look bothered by the fact that he started in that first game 0-for-10. Didn’t look 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 impact us and we did a better job of finding him tonight, especially once he got going.”
Now that he’s got his shooting slump out of the way, Fournier said he can enjoy himself a bit more in his new home.
“You know I’m going to enjoy my glass of wine tonight and you know I’m going to sleep very well,” Fournier said.
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