Evan Fournier's first game back in Orlando since being traded to the Boston Celtics went about as well as he could've hoped.
Not only did the Celtics win in 132-96, but Fournier played a key role in the dominant victory with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He also received a video tribute at Amway Center after the first quarter.
Fournier took some time to reflect on the experience during his postgame press conference.
“It was fun," Fournier said. "I didn’t know what to expect. Like I said yesterday, I was really locked in, just trying to get to the win. Just focus on the business. But I mean obviously it touched my heart and I was happy to see all memories on the screen and to get a big cheer from the crowd.”
Fournier enjoyed getting to catch up with his former teammates and coaches. Of course, beating them in a blowout made the reunion even sweeter.
“It was great. I really love the people here, you know?” he said. “That’s really what I’m going to miss the most, because for seven years we built relationships and you know, you’re obviously happy to play each other and compete and so I always have a good time playing against those guys. So I’m glad we got to win and that we won by 30.”
That's now two consecutive solid performances from Fournier, who struggled mightily after returning from a bout with COVID-19. The 28-year-old has been open about not feeling like himself post-COVID, but on Wednesday he certainly looked like the player Boston wanted when they traded for him in March.
Next up for Fournier and the C's is a matchup vs. the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. at United Center.