|Chris Wilcox, PF 26 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +4
The stat line jumps out at you but it probably shouldn’t. So much of what Wilcox brings to the table only shows up on the stat sheet in rare occurrences like tonight. Even when he doesn’t post a near-double double, his energy positively affects the game. He runs the floor, he gets his hands on rebounds (even if he doesn’t come up with them), and he’s big enough to bang bodies down low.
|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +9
Pierce was frustrated all game by Luol Deng. Deng used his length to prevent Pierce from doing much of anything and put him out of rhythm all night. He couldn’t dribble around him. He couldn’t shoot over him. Hell, he couldn’t even pass around him.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +16
Garnett put up a double-double all while being very physical down low on a Bulls front court that can bang with the best of them. He may have paid a price considering how much he was holding his abdomen during timeouts.
|Ray Allen, SG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +3
Allen was extremely quiet tonight with only 1 field goal attempt in the first half (a missed three). The Celtics made an effort to get him going in the second half but it just wasn’t meant to be. Allen did manage to hit a big three to keep the Bulls from surging.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 11-22 FG | 10-13 FT | 10 REB | 15 AST | 32 PTS | +8
Quite the way to bounce back. We all know what Rondo did tonight, but we still don’t really know what happened on Friday. And we still don’t know because he abstained from talking to the media after today’s game.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
I’ll give Dooling a pass on today’s game because a) it was his first time playing in a long time, and b) he’s actually still just as hurt. Doc informed us before the game that Dooling’s out there because it became clear he wasn’t going to get any better.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 19 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -4
Pietrus didn’t log any meaningful stats but his presence was definitely felt on the defensive end and he gave the C’s the luxury of going small.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
One big block, baby!
JaJuan Johnson, F 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -1
Johnson didn’t shoot great but he used his length to both Joakim Noah and Omer Asik- something that’s not easy to do- and he played 33 total minutes. I’m sure he’ll be tired tomorrow but as he said after the game, “next to Rondo, I didn’t play good at all. I played not that many minutes…”As soon as Bass is back, Johnson is likely back out of the rotation but these next 10 days will be big for the youngster.
|Avery Bradley, SG 8 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -4
Bradley did a great job of pressuring CJ Watson but with Rondo playing so well there wasn’t really a spot for Doc to sneak him in. After bricking his first jumper, he nailed two with confidence. Baby steps (which you can really visualize from Bradley’s Twitter page).
Three Things We Saw
- The Celtics had a bunch of unforced turnovers that really kept the game closer than it should have been in the first half. Many of these TOs came as a result of the C’s trying to push the pace, which was a very welcomed sight.
- Luol Deng was pretty bad offensively, but still gave an All Star performance on the defensive end. The buckets Pierce was able to make were extremely tough shots. It’s really hard to see why people don’t think Deng’s deserving of an All Star nod.
- The C’s were incredibly active on defense tonight, reacting well, crashing the boards, and getting their hands into passing lanes. It was great to see so many deflections.
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