Anthony Edwards: “I looked at the guy in front of me, and I saw fear in his eyes” | NBA

Anthony Edwards is a good client for the press because of his self-confidence and his enthusiasm. And when he planted 40 points, including 14 in the last quarter, to allow Wolves to win 109-107 in Portland, he let go in press conference.

From the first question about his impressions, he throws out this: “ I felt like Black Jesus! Sitting at his side, D’Angelo Russell laughs and passes his turn.

His first response sets the tone, and the sequel is not going to disappoint. ” I looked at the guy in front of me, and I saw fear in his eyes. There is nothing else to add. Anthony Edwards speaks seriously as D’Angelo Russell holds back a burst of laughter.

And when a journalist asks him if he felt the need to take the game on his own, here is what he adds: ” Obviously ! When we see that everyone is having a hard time, we say to ourselves that we have to bring more. At the same time, I didn’t think we were in trouble, it’s just that the shots weren’t coming in and our defense wasn’t in place at the start of the match. We toughened the match, and that’s what I felt. And once we were well in the game, it swung to our side. I started putting shots, D-Lo started putting shots, KAT started putting shots… Once the offense got better, it trickled down to defense« .

“Next year, I’m aiming for the MVP”

Incredibly complete in attack and capable of sanctioning from far and near, Anthony Edwards reached 40 points for the 4th time in his career, and he added 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Figures that show his great involvement in the game, even in defense.

” Indeed ! I was looking at the stat sheet, and I defended CJ McCollum the whole time. I played 38 minutes and 44 seconds, and listen carefully, he played 38 minutes and 17 seconds. I think I defended well. He had complicated shots. A journalist asks him if this defense was of the level of an All-NBA Defensive First Team. “Clearly! CJ is a very good player, but I am a very good defender”.

Finally, another colleague asks him if with this type of performance, he could join the race for the MVP. ” For this year, no. But for next year, that’s for sure. Last year I finished second [pour le titre de Rookie Of The Year]. It’s cool, but next year I’m aiming for the MVP« .

Anthony Edwards Percentage Bounces
Season Team MJ Min Tirs 3pts LF Off Def Until Pd Fte Int Bp Ct Pts
2020-21 MIN 72 32 41.7 32.9 77.6 0.8 3.9 4.7 2.9 1.8 1.1 2.2 0.5 19.3
2021-22 MIN 40 35 44.3 37.5 80.6 1.0 4.1 5.1 3.6 2.3 1.5 3.1 0.7 22.2
Total 112 33 42.7 34.8 78.6 0.9 3.9 4.8 3.2 2.0 1.3 2.5 0.6 20.4

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