Kevin Garnett, PF27 MIN | 10-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +2
The model of efficiency. 10/15 from the field, Garnett was feeling it early and often tonight, making the most of his five minute stints. His solid outside shooting helped Boston to outcome a lackluster night from beyond the arc.
Paul Pierce, SF37 MIN | 6-18 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | +26
I don’t care that he shot 33 percent, including an absurd 2-10 from deep. Anytime you pass Larry Bird in any category, you get an A+ in my book. A memorable night for the captain and a terrific job by the TD Garden crowd to show their appreciation. Make no mistake though, Pierce didn’t take this night off just to score, as his nine assists and eight rebounds continue to leave us marveling at his all-around abilities.
Jermaine O’Neal, C19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +5
A couple of predictable misses at the rim under pressure, but I’ll take seven defensive rebounds any day of the week from JO. Play defense, hit the glass and get the hell out of the way, especially when KG is hot.
Ray Allen, SG32 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +13
15 of his 17 points came in the second half, as he began to take over once PP got his milestone out of the way. An off-night shooting from deep, but the Bobcats are the team you can afford to have those against.
Rajon Rondo, PG33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 14 AST | 10 PTS | +20
0 turnovers in 33 minutes! For a guy averaging 3.8 per game, that’s no small feat. A ho-hum double-double helped as well, as Rondo frolicked around all night, wreaking havoc on a clueless Bobcats defense.
Brandon Bass, PF28 MIN | 5-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +16
Nice to see him back and healthy after a one-game absence. His jumpers were reliable, although it would be nice to see him pick it up a little bit on the glass.
Five Things We Saw
0 rebounds for the starting backcourt. Again, I’m not getting mad about this since Bobcats aren’t a team you need to gang rebound against.
Derrick Brown went 10/10 for 20 points, and I noticed him only once or twice on the night. Poor Bobcats.
Season-high 31 assists for C’s. Ball was moving well out there and that number would have been even higher if the 3-ball was falling.
Watching the team force it to Pierce at the end of the first half was highly comical since even though the team was blowing better scoring opportunities, they knew it wouldn’t bite them later since they were playing Charlotte.