The world is abundantly filled with clichés about the positives that come through “hard work” and “staying ready.” More often than not though, those quotes come from athletes and figures who’ve already made it to the top.
On Tuesday night, sparingly-used forward Wenyen Gabriel showed us what that looks like in unheralded, role player form.
As a Portland Trail Blazers player, Gabriel’s only strung together consecutive games of 10 or more minutes twice. Prior to Game One of this series, he had only a single NBA start to his rèsumè. But Zach Collins’ ankle injury threw yet another ready or not moment his way.