We've had more than a few conversations about Marquis Daniels around here. My (and many others') take has been that he's this year's equivalent of the James Posey signing… a versatile guy who plays defense and provides a spark off the bench.
But Marquis, and the other new guys on the team, seem to be noticing very quickly that playing in Boston is different than playing somewhere else. WEEI's Jess Camerato talked to Marquis after last night's game.
like a rookie,’ ” Daniels said before the game. “I’m very excited to be
playing here. I’ve played in here on the other team and I knew there’d
be a big difference. The fans play a big role and they’re great.”
As for his play on the floor last night, it looked like Quis was trying to get comfortable out there being a distributor. I turned to KWAPT (thanks for the tickets) and said "he's being unselfish almost to a fault out there." Afterwards, I asked him about it on Twitter. His response:
im working on my point/forward skills im surrounded by great scorers if
need be i'll score da ball
I continue to be impressed by him early in this preseason. I equate what I saw last night to what I see when I watch a spring training baseball game. Sometimes pitchers will want to work on a certain pitch and they might get hammered… but they're not pitching like they would during the regular season. They're working on something. Marquis is working on something too. He's working on finding out where his teammate will be on the floor… where he fits in the offense… and when it's ok to go for his own offense.
It's another little sign that this thing with him is going to work out. He's approaching the game with a distributor's mindset. He's trying to set up guys and work the offense. Last night, the box score didn't show much…. and he didn't seem entirely comfortable out there yet. But it's hard to think he won't figure it out very quickly.
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