Who knows what set Ben Gordon off for his 45-point explosion against the Nuggets or if it’ll happen again.
That was the Gordon everybody thought they were getting when he signed a few years ago. Perhaps that player who scored 20 per game is gone, never to be found again.
But you can’t discount the fact he knew how long he would play as a chief factor, with Rodney Stuckey out with injury. He knew he would be counted on to score, first and foremost, and that’s how he got jumpstarted.
It wasn’t that he made shots he usually misses. The remarkable part about it was he took shots he doesn’t normally take. Very rarely does he come into a game trying to find his shot–but just about everybody wants hm to shoot, which is the puzzling thing about this.
Arron Afflalo played pretty good defense most of the time, but when Gordon decided he was going to score, there was just about nothing anyone could do to stop him. However, it didn’t stop him from making plays without scoring, as he found open shooters from the double teams.
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank talked about how Gordon made the right basketball play for most of the evening and Gordon usually does, in terms of intent.
Sometimes it translates into turnovers, which he’s prone to do. But his mindset is alwaysin the right place.
Wednesday should symbolize Gordon’s frame of mind from now on. Look for my shot first and then the better “basketball plays” will open up later.
In other words, keep doing what you’re doing, just put it in reverse.