Sam Jones in the Clutch

Pro Hoops History

Sam Jones’s glorious Hall of Fame career was notable for how late it started and also for how Jones performed late in games.

To see just how great Jones was in the clutch, I went to basketball-reference.com and looked up every playoff game where Boston or its opponent faced elimination that Jones played in. Granted, this isn’t the surefire way to gauge his whole capacity for clutch play, but it’s the best quick look we can take.

Key –
ESF: Eastern Division Semi-Finals
EDF: Eastern Division Finals
GX: Game X of series
Result: Celtics win/loss margin for that one game

Sam the Reserve (1958 to 1961)
From the 1957-58 season through the 1960-61 season, Jones backed up Bill Sharman as the Boston Celtics’ two-guard. As Jones matured, he carved out a bigger role after getting a DNP in his first chance at playing in an elimination game and being used…

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