|Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 5-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -4
Garnett entered this game extremely pumped up, but ultimately his body didn’t live up to his intensity. Things started to get ugly in the second half when he hit the wall: he had no legs on his jumper and no touch at the basket. The twelve rebounds tie a season high for him, but they’re mostly the result of OKC going small.
|Paul Pierce, SF 39 MIN | 8-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -12
Durant-Pierce was a scary matchup before the game, but Pierce ultimately was the one who exposed Durant. He was given a free pass to the basket on several occasions, and got free for some big shots to bring the C’s within two in the fourth. Durant, meanwhile, was going to get his numbers no matter who was on him. Good to see some life from Pierce.
|Jermaine O’Neal, C 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -3
Jermaine looks like he’s trying to rebound his way back into our broken hearts. 11 tonight, 12 against Indiana…he actually looks like he might be getting in the air. Shocking trivia: this was Jermaine’s second double-double as a Celtic. He gets a B+, but consider that a B+ is probably his ceiling.
|Ray Allen, SG 39 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +2
Ray’s worst outing of the season, supplanting his last game in Indiana. He and Thabo Sefolosha must have switched bodies before the game. Just having him stand around must have made a difference, though, because he was a +2 in 39 minutes.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 12 PTS | -6
He was a rebound and an assist away from a triple-double, but Rondo never looked like he was in control of the offense. All the crazy lineups out there probably didn’t help. Shooting-wise, he was in last season’s form, he made his first jumper, then missed the rest. But it wasn’t his fault that Westbrook made all those threes; Westbrook taking them in the first place is a victory for the defense.
|Marquis Daniels, SG 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | 0
Typical Marquis Daniels game, in that I’m not sure I remember him playing in it at all. Nice six rebounds, though.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 21 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -10
Pietrus is an unapologetic gunner. If somebody gets him the ball, he assumes his directive is to shoot. That strategy worked out pretty well tonight: he got hot from outside and gave the Celtics some late life. Still, not of much use
|Brandon Bass, PF 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -5
Bass did not have it tonight. “It” is his jumper, rebounding ability, or defensive intensity. The team needed a huge game from him and even tested him at center in their small lineup, but Bass gave them a whole bushel of nothing.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Thanks for getting dressed, Greg!
|E’Twaun Moore, G 8 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
His last outing has given him a little undeserved confidence. Good! I hope he keeps it, but applies it to finding good looks for other players instead of getting his shot.