|Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 9-21 FG | 11-12 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 30 PTS | +9
One of the few Celtics in attack mode on offense most of the night, Pierce put up his second straight game with 30 points and appears to have shaken off his latest funk. There’s probably another coming before season’s end but Pierce is playing well right now.
|Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +17
An increasingly ineffectual rebounder, Bass’ limited offense tonight was offset by a defensive effort that’s much more effective with KG beside him in the starting-5. Inexplicably spent almost the entire first quarter getting his ankle re-taped in the locker room.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-8 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +16
KG took a long time to get into the game on offense. With the Celtics struggling for points, he was content to pass the ball. But he came alive later in the game and put up yet another double-double in 38 credible minutes.
|Ray Allen, SG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +19
Allen had a great finish to the game after an almost nonexistent first half. He’s basically a one category guy at this point in his career, which is why the 4 dimes and 2 steals were a nice touch.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 45 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 9 PTS | +4
Wasn’t exactly gifted with teammates that were ready to push tempo and so by the third quarter, he’d retreated to walking the ball up the court in Boston’s patented craptime offense. Passable, only.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3
I’d rather see Bradley at this point.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -22
Another humdrum effort from Wilcox whose offense is opportunistic or not at all.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -15
His three-point percentage is slip slidin’ away.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 13 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -1
He had a decent first half while Bass was convalescing backstage. Then vanished.
|Avery Bradley, SG 8 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +1
I’ll say this for Bradley: you notice him when he’s out there. Doc has him pushing pace, attacking the rim, and making passes. Not a bad work-in-progress.