B/R's Clutch Player Of The Week; March 29-April 4
Welcome to the third edition of the weekly B/R Clutch Player of the Week.
Last week saw quite a few deserving candidates, but it would be Ichiro Suzuki who would take the award, winning 57.6 percent of the votes.
Remember to vote on the author poll for your choice. I noticed Scottie Reynolds had a lot of supporters in the comment box, but very little help in the polls.
You can see a history of the competition here.
On to this week.
Bleacher Report Clutch Player of the Week, March 29-April 4.
Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
The Celtics got more than they could ask for when they took on the Charlotte Bobcats.
It was in the second overtime period when the winner would be decided.
Down 109-108, Ray Allen pulled up with a hand in his face to drill a three pointer with 2.1 seconds left.
The Celtics would win the game.
Ray Allen, you are clutch.
John Terry, England Football
England had never won their first five World Cup Qualifying matches. Having won their first four, they had a chance to do just that against Ukraine.
After Andryi Shevchenko had tied the game at 1-1, there was little hope at Wembley Stadium that England would pull out the win.
That was until David Beckham lobbed in a fantastic free kick into the box. Steven Gerrad got a touch on it and the ball settled right in from of John Terry.
The English captain slammed it home in the 85th minute. England won their fifth straight WCQ.
John Terry, you are clutch.
Yossi Benayoun, Liverpool
Liverpool's chances of winning the Premiership title have been revitalized since the leader, Manchester United, have been in atrocious form as of late.
All Liverpool had to do was beat a lowly Fulham squad and they would retake the PL lead.
It seemed that Liverpool would only leave with one point with the game tied at 0-0.
It was in stoppage time that Liverpool would find their glorious goal.
In the 92nd minute, substitute Yossi Benayoun punched home the game-winning goal that would catapult Liverpool to the top of the standings.
Yossi Benayoun, you are clutch.
Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators Goalie
Even though Auld allowed three goals to go in during regulation, it was in the penalty shootout in which he would earn his spot on this list.
Auld saved four penalty shots and gave his club the win.
Truly an inspiring performance from Ottawa's goalie.
Alex Auld, you are clutch.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
I will do my very best to avoid nominating players who "just had great games." The honor of being nominated will be exclusively for players who came up big in crunch time, rather than a player who dropped 50 points in a game.
However, there was a discouraging lack of clutch plays this week, and hopefully that will end once baseball season starts.
Anyway, Howard finds himself on this list because he scored 21 points and had 23 rebounds.
A 20-20 game? That is ridiculous, and he needed every bit of it. The Magic beat the Hawks 88-82.
Dwight Howard, you are clutch.
Congratulations to our nominees! Don't forget to vote in the poll.
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