|Paul Pierce, SF 35 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | -1
On the surface, Pierce’s game looked similar to his previous week’s efforts. But he turned the ball over a whopping 7 times, and like his teammates, couldn’t score down the stretch.
|Brandon Bass, PF 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -6
His limitations are more clear – like 4 rebounds in 38 minutes against length – but his effort is rarely less than passable. His defensive acumen is improving, the irony being he was the big defending the Irving pick and roll on the final Cavs play of the game.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | -3
Soft numbers for Garnett today. KG had a crucial late turnover where he claimed an offensive rebound and then instead of going back up with it, traveled in his search for an open man. Not only that, he should have been the focal point of the offense with Jamison covering him. This team takes its cues from him as much as Pierce and he wasn’t totally locked in out there.
|Ray Allen, SG 36 MIN | 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 22 PTS | +2
A sharp return for Allen on the offensive end. Gave Boston all they could have expected given he was no sure thing to play when he woke up this morning.
|Avery Bradley, SG 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -4
Benefiting from the fact that teams leave him wide open on the weakside, but his entire offensive game, from ball handling to passing to shooting, is entirely controllable if you put pressure on him. On the long steep learning curve, then.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 23 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +15
Would have liked to have seen more of Wilcox, who has played better the last few games and whose rebounding efficiency may eventually challenge KG for the team lead.
|Sasha Pavlovic, SF 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -1
Pavlovic is playing with an edge on both sides of the ball, which is something the Celtics desperately need on a regular basis. Had a nice forceful drive emblematic of his mindset lately.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0
Off-target shooting tonight, which, aside from transition play, is his main function on offense.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -8
Seems almost embarrassed to be on the court.
|E’Twaun Moore, G 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +3
Better handle than Bradley, more offensive capability and is proving consistently willing to work on defense. Why not run a few things for him?
Three Things We Saw
- A return to the lackluster defense that marred the first three weeks of the season. The Cavs managed to hang around the game long enough to steal it because they outworked Boston. The C’s were far too content to trade baskets for long stretches of the game. That’s reflected in everyone’s grades above; simply not enough intensity tonight.
- An offense that generated nothing the last four minutes of the game.
- A poised, controlled Kyrie Irving who seemed the most mature player on the court at times, despite being only 19. Also, got the winning layup on what was a difficult finish and led a feisty Cavs team to a well-earned win.