|Paul Pierce, SF 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +5
It’s clear by now that Pierce is either pacing himself or nursing nagging injuries. At times he plays aggressively and effectively. At other times, he seems only half-there. Mostly good tonight (no free throws, mind you) but isn’t it interesting how it’s taken KG, and not Pierce, to rally the troops?
|Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -3
Recapping Bass is so simple because he’s so consistent on the offensive end, which is where he generates almost all his value.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 9-18 FG | 7-9 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | +8
KG has been everything he demanded of his teammates in that closed door meeting before the all-star break. Anytime KG goes 25-10 with 9 FT and triggers the defense? That’s about as good as he can be at this point in his career.
|Ray Allen, SG 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +9
More active tonight than in most recent games but I see more and more limitations in his offensive game lately.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 10 AST | 15 PTS | +8
“Don’t you dare trade me, Danny! Wait. A triple-double only *increases* my market value? Fine. Just wait until Friday. You’ll barely even know I’m out there.”
|Keyon Dooling, PG 14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3
Slightly above replacement level. Sometimes.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 26 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +6
13 rebounds in 26 minutes. Tasty. Wilcox may finally be both in shape and cognizant that he has to play hard all the time. The effective demotion of JO should get him more minutes and he looks ready to capitalize.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +2
Good energy, little production.
|Avery Bradley, SG 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -2
Unimpressive line from Bradley but he looks increasingly competent as a point guard. Not completely competent mind you, but on the way to it. On the downside, it’s harder to make fun of him than it was in January.