Marquis Daniels Catches Rivers’ Attention
Given the benefit of playing time against the Hawks, (Marquis) Daniels came off the bench with season-high totals in points (12), rebounds (eight) and a career-high four steals.
Once (Doc) Rivers returns to his playoff rotation, Daniels’ short window is bound to close. Rivers can lose faith quickly in players, and it takes him time to redevelop trust. But right now Daniels clearly has the coach’s attention.
“He was terrific,” said Rivers. “The best game he may have played this year. He was terrific, and he did a lot of things. The little baskets and the rebounds — he had eight rebounds. It was good to see him compete. He was active, alert, responsive, that’s what you want him to be.”
Daniels, told of Rivers’ belief that it was his best game of the year, frowned. He’s accustomed to a higher standard, albeit from past seasons.
“I just wanted to use my energy. We all did,” he said. “We used it to our advantage. It gave us a chance to win the game, and we were right there.”