Brad Stevens’ message to Evan Fournier after scoreless Celtics debut
As the Boston Celtics suffered their 24th defeat, the team’s new addition Evan Fournier went scoreless in his Beantown debut. He shot 0-of-10 from the field, including 0-of-5 from the three-point line off the bench.
Because of his poor performance, according to ESPN Statistics and Information, Fournier became only the fourth player in the shot clock era to shoot at least 0-of-10 in his debut with a new team.
Evan Fournier went 0-10 in his Celtics debut. He is the fourth player in the shot clock era (since 1954-55) to go 0-10 or worse in their debut with a new team h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/lzsPPd17M1
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 30, 2021
Despite a horrific first game by Fournier, the Celtics are looking to put it behind them. Coach Brad Stevens isn’t too fazed with Fournier’s scoreless performance. After the game, Stevens told reporters that he walked by Fournier in the locker room and gave him some encouraging words. Stevens also showed optimism that Fournier will eventually find his groove with the Celtics.
Brad Stevens said he walked by Evan Fournier’s locker after the game and told him this will just be a small blip. Said he has no doubt Fournier will score a lot of points for the Celtics.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 30, 2021
Fournier was traded to the Celtics during the trade deadline, with the Orlando Magic receiving Jeff Teague and two second round picks in exchange. With the Magic looking to rebuild with young talent, the front office believed it was best to ship the 28-year-old Fournier to a team with championship hopes.
Fournier spent seven seasons with the Magic before being traded to the Celtics. Through his 26 games played this season in South Florida, he averaged a career-high 19.7 points on 46 percent shooting from the floor. The day before he was traded, Fournier hit a game-winning layup to seal a 112-111 victory for the Magic over the Phoenix Suns.
Despite his forgettable debut with the Celtics, Evan Fournier is still expected to be a key figure in the team’s rotation as he finds himself with a new role, providing instant offense coming off the bench.