|Chris Wilcox, PF 26 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +4
An actual bright spot. Fun to watch, and probably fun to play with for Rondo; Wilcox should be seeing more time even when KG comes back. He’s not as tall as Jermaine, but he’s about as capable on defense because of his speed.
|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +9
Very confusing of Pierce to pick a night when KG was out to completely remove himself from the offense for an entire half. He just hung out on the wing, a total waste of floor space. If he’d involved himself more, they could have had a larger lead at the half and a closer game at the end.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +16
KG, by no fault of his own, lost this game by not playing. He means more to the defense than any of us understand, and a surprising amount to the offense, as well.
|Ray Allen, SG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +3After not aging at all for four years, Ray appears to have aged all four of them in the last week. It’s like he broke a curse.|
|Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 11-22 FG | 10-13 FT | 10 REB | 15 AST | 32 PTS | +8
27 shots, but if the whole team had shot like he did Boston would have blown this game out. Even his jumpers were falling. His defense was iffy, but when you set a career high in scoring, you get the highest grade.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
Just not good defensively.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 19 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -4
Once charmingly stupid, Pietrus’s shot selection is starting to be my least favorite thing about anyone on this entire team. It’s getting to the point where you can’t give him the ball in three-point territory, which is the only place you can ever find him on offense.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
|JaJuan Johnson, F 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -1
My pregame prediction was 14 points on 6-11 shooting and six boards. A-minus for me!
Four Things We Saw
- A waste of a spectacular scoring display by Rajon Rondo.
- A totally inexplicable no-show from the only members of the Big Three on the floor.
- The bench letting the game get away against a bad team that’s still deeper than the Celtics.
- The giant hole in the defense left by Kevin Garnett. Nobody knows what to do without him.