|Paul Pierce, SF 46 MIN | 13-23 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 34 PTS | +3
Gotham’s nightmare played huge minutes, and hit huger shots down the stretch. Only because of Rondo’s control of overtime was he not the hugest Celtic today. But he was still plenty big.
|Brandon Bass, PF 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +2
His rebounding and interior defense were problems today (especially in the first half) but he was his usual reliable self on the offensive end. Absolutely, positively destined to be overpaid by somebody this summer.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 41 MIN | 8-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +10
The Knicks got him off his shooting game, in part because they harassed him after his initial burst in the first quarter. But he was a key defensive presence that turned the game in the second half and look at the long minutes on the court. He’s giving his heart and soul lately.
|Ray Allen, SG 45 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +22
Clearly not recovered, but still went 45 minutes and drew a lot of NY attention. Had a crushing three in overtime. Get some rest, Ray.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 48 MIN | 7-20 FG | 4-7 FT | 17 REB | 20 AST | 18 PTS | +5
The negative: blew a lot of point blank shots. The positive: everything else, particularly his control of overtime on both sides of the ball. I wonder what kind of production Boston would see out of him if he played every game on national TV. I also assume no GMs are trying to pry Rondo loose today. The price would be way too high.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -8
Getting run lately, doing middling things with it.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -3
Had a few good attacks on the rim on second shots but overall, it was a come-down game for Wilcox after his last ten days of work.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 24 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -10
His long distance shooting is becoming a problem lately. He’s too eager to jack up the threes. Defensively, there’s little to complain about.
|Avery Bradley, SG 5 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1
Mostly watched Rondo.