Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bayless Strong in Loss

Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Celtics endured yet another loss last night, falling to the Rockets 104-92. The Celtics have now lost nine in a row.

In a rebuilding year losses are expected, leaving fans looking for silver linings in just about every game. Those mainly include the progress and growth of their young players, with the potential of a bright future.

In this loss, the silver lining was the production from Jerryd Bayless, who was recently traded from Memphis in exchange for Courtny Lee.

The Celtics have been searching for a solid back up point guard for years, and in the small sample size, Bayless has showed some promise.

Last night, Bayless went 7-13 for 17 points, with four assists, two steals, a rebound, and a block in just over 23 minutes. Much of his production came in the 4th quarter when he sparked a late comeback.

The key word there is spark. If Bayless can add a scoring punch and create offense off the bench consistently, he might stick around in Boston. This is his fifth team in six years, and the 25 year old hopes he's found a home.

Bayless said:

"I hope I'm able to be here a long time. I've said it since I got traded: I'm looking to find a home and Boston is a wonderful place, a wonderful organization, the history and the tradition behind this place. I would love to be a part of something like that. They're trying to put something together here and I want to be a part of that. Hopefully, I'm able to do that."

It's a small sample size but Bayless has shown confidence so far in his stint in Boston. He has an expiring contract, so Boston can decide whether or not they want to lock him up for the future. If Bayless can continue to be an impact point guard off the bench, the Celtics will more than likely offer the 25 year a contract. It'll be interesting to see him and Jordan Crawford compete for minutes when Rajon Rondo returns.


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