Hmmm, what do we have going on in Orlando? We’ve got a guy named Jonathan Gibson coming to life and scoring a game-high 17 points, 15 of them in the fourth quarter to lead our Celtics to a come-from-behind win against the Brooklyn Nets in pulsating summer league thriller. I think they’re still cleaning up the confetti, and I swear I heard Gibson utter the words “I’m going to Disney World!”, but then again I might be making this up. Well, the part about Gibson pouring in 15 points in the final frame is for real, baby, and he was perfect, going 4-for-4 in the process. You’re probably asking yourself, ‘Who is Jonathan Gibson?’ and trust me, you’re not alone.
Gibson played collegiate ball at New Mexico State. He’s spent the past two seasons overseas. He’s twenty-five years old and trying to make the Celtics roster, which definitely puts him in long-shot territory, and I’m not talking threes. But he’s a story, so let’s roll with it. We’ve got a Jonathan Gibson piece in mass effect, and we’ve got the juice turned up full throttle.
Gibson wasn’t exactly in a zone in this game, but he was in a very nice place. Letting the game come to him, feeding off his teammates, getting some Jared Sullinger post-game love. ‘Just give him the ball and get out of the way,’ Sullinger said, as I loosely paraphrase. ‘The man was hot and we knew who to feed.’
This was a far cry from Game 1 against the Thunder, when Gibson’s alter-ego, Clank Machine, made his way onto the court and proceeded to go 0-for-5. Gibson compared Clank Machine to a robot with mechanical shooting form, so I can only assume that the guy that played today was Smooth Operator. Memo to Gibson – Doc and Danny like Smooth Operator a helluva lot more than Clank, and they really don’t like not knowing which dude is going to show up. So if you want to improve your chances of getting a training camp invite, let’s see a lot more Smooth and a lot less Clank.
We’re pulling for you!