So Marco Belinelli is starting to garner a rep as a big shot maker, eh? Belinelli hit his third game-winner of the season, burying a three with 5.9 seconds left to beat the Jazz 89-88 on Friday night.
Belinelli's dagger was the result of some great hustle by Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler. After Belinelli missed a wild runner, Noah saved the ensuing loose ball to Butler in a crowd. Butler then exhibited great patience and vision by taking a dribble into the lane and then finding an open Belinelli in the corner for the winner.
The three ball gave Marco 22 points on the night, which marks the first time in his career that he has gone over 20 points in three straight games. Belinelli has also accepted the burden of playing some point guard of late, and while he really hasn't been good at the point, I certainly wouldn't say he has been a disaster.
Considering how well Belinelli has played as a starter this year, it seems like a no-brainer that he should remain in the starting lineup whenever Richard Hamilton returns from his back injury (which apparently won't be anytime soon). Who knows if Thibs will see it that way, but it's an easy choice for me, as Belinelli and Derrick Rose could form an intriguing little pairing (if they ever play together). I'm not going to go Sam Smith on y'all and declare him the possible shooting guard of the future, but Belinelli is a nice guy to have around.