“Vitor Faverani is learning quickly he’s a rookie. There will be moments like last night’s first quarter, when he heads to the bench with two quick fouls in his first three minutes.
“They called two fouls. It’s the ref’s job,” said the 26-year-old Brazilian. “They call the fouls and I go to the bench. Nothing more. I’m a rookie. They call fouls. No problem.”
On some nights Faverani would return from that black hole. But coach Brad Stevens had faith in his backup center down the stretch of the Celtics’ 90-86 win over the Knicks.
After the reserves started a 20-5 fourth-quarter run, Faverani was the only reserve who stayed on the floor once Stevens made his final substitutions. Faverani rewarded the decision with two big shots — a 3-pointer and layup after connecting with Jordan Crawford on a pick-and-roll. He also forced a pair of Carmelo Anthony misses after switches left him guarding the Knicks star.
Asked about Anthony, Faverani spoke for his teammates.
“Yeah, they have Carmelo Anthony, and (Amare) Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, and we have Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, so we can play the same,” said Faverani. “We don’t care about Carmelo or Stoudemire. We have very good players here.”’
Gotta love Vitor. I can definitely see him becoming a fan favorite if he sticks around for a while. He’s just the type of player that we love to root for in Boston. Nothing flashy, but you can count on him to give 100% effort every night, show no love to his opponents, and deliver hilarious post-game interviews. I almost want to compare him to Brian Scalabrine but I feel like that would be disrespectful to his game.