Phil Pressey has shown great poise as a point guard in his rookie season. He's had some very good stretches, and some parts of the season have been forgettable. During Friday's game against the Bobcats, we may have seen a turning the point, or a building block for Pressey going into next season.
Pressey produced his second double-double in the past three games by putting up 10 points and 13 assists over a career-high 39 minutes. This kid has the potential to be Rondo's backup for years to come, and not to mention hes adding value to his stock.
"It kind of took me a while to have that same mindset the whole year, because coming out of college you have that one mindset that you’re starting every game. Now you play thirty minutes, you play five minutes, you play fifteen minutes, you don’t play at all. Brandon Bass has been telling me, just to walk in, when you start to walk in just walk in, and have that same mindset throughout the whole game and you should be fine."
I don't know if the Celtics beat the Bobcats without Pressey. Down the stretch it was Sully and Bradley. But Pressey pitched a great game, and he set the tone. Pressey did most of his damage in the second quarter when he dished 6 assists, and the Celtics won the quarter 29-26. Pressey nailed it when he spoke about doing the intangibles to get the win over the Bobcats.
"I mean, that's just one of the winning plays that Coach Stevens talks about – diving for a loose ball, boxing out, taking a charge, getting the offensive rebound. That’s the winning play that he talks about day in and day out. I had a good look at it, tipped it out, and made a great play."