|Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -9
Passive, ineffective KG returned tonight. It’s not a pretty sight.
|Paul Pierce, SF 38 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -4
Pierce facilitated the offense much of the night, and played with appreciable force in the first half. Overall, he ran out of gas and missed a bunch of shots (we keep having to note that), but it’s not like he had much help around him.
|Jermaine O’Neal, C 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -4
The recurring really-should-be-retired version of JO showed up tonight. He failed to contain Gortat and failed to control the boards as well. And he shot 33%, which is not good when you’re almost 7-feet-tall.
|Ray Allen, SG 38 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 14 PTS | +1
Decent numbers for Ray, who also ended up carrying some of the burden of offensive creation, but he felt like a passenger in this game. Unless his teammates are getting him open, he can only create so much offense on his own. It’s remarkable how much his mere presence on the floor means for the offense though.
|Avery Bradley, SG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2
Bradley got a career high in minutes and responded with the best game of his career. Nash crossed him up a few times but Bradley stole the ball three times and came away with a nice line (including 5-9 shooting and no airballs). Even when confused on where to be on the court, he looked far more engaged than most of his teammates. More than a baby step tonight.
|Marquis Daniels, SG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -9
Still insists on shooting open jumpers out of his range when he should be taking it to the hoop. He has regressed this season.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -11
Boston’s second unit offense was stuck on jumpshots tonight but that didn’t translate into a lot of good looks for Pietrus against his former team. Shame.
|Brandon Bass, PF 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +1
Another consistently solid evening from Bass, who hit half his shots and tied Ray Allen with a team-high 6 rebounds. I can’t believe I just wrote that.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1
One nice chase-down block. Also some solid work sitting on the bench.
|E’Twaun Moore, G 12 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -8
Another bad shooting night. Bradley may have pulled ahead in the race for future minutes.
Four Things We Saw
- A contender for worst game of the year. It might have been a result of the lockout but the Celtics and Suns combined for 39 turnovers and four quarters of awful basketball in a game best forgotten. The Suns were better down the stretch, but that’s hardly effusive praise, given the lethargic effort turned in by most of the C’s veterans.
- Celtics killer Marcin Gortat had his way with the Boston bigs both on the boards (12 rebounds) and on the offensive end, where he shot 10-18 on all manner of pick and rolls, spot ups and point blank layups.
- A rightfully disengaged TD Garden crowd. They could be forgiven for turning on this Boston team after efforts like this one.
- The absence of Rondo. Without him, this team is just lost on the offensive end.