Celtics Loss Overshadows Faverani
If the Boston Celtics had held on to win Friday’s visit from the Milwaukee Bucks, your morning papers (or RSS Feed) would have been filled with stories about Vitor Faverani. Alas, Boston kicked away a 22-point lead, a couple veterans vented about selfish play, and any talk of thrusting Faverani into the Rookie of the Year pool was tabled (for one game at least).
The 25-year-old Brazilian center started his second game of the young season and put together another excellent early effort. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with a game-high 18 rebounds and six blocks over 37 minutes.
Maybe most impressive on this night was Faverani’s defense. He didn’t just block six shots, but he altered most any shot near the hoop. According to Synergy Sports data, Faverani was credited with defending 15 possessions and allowed only 5 points (0.333 points per play). Opponents shot just 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) against him. Faverani made his impact felt on the court.