Paul Pierce, SF Only one of the starters who really came to play tonight. Made strong moves to the basket, attempted to do some work on the defensive glass (with limited success). Didn’t shoot well, but he was at least fighting out there.
Brandon Bass, PFToo many long jumpers, and owned by the Sixers on the glass at both ends all night.
Kevin Garnett, PFNormally, it’s nice to see the offense running through Garnett, but when 80 percent of those shots are long jumpers, you have to think otherwise. The legs were undoubtedly tired for the veteran, and while he was doing his best out there, he made Elton Brand look young and spry. Never a good sign.
Ray Allen, SGInvisible on the offensive end. Destroyed by Evan Turner on the defensive end. Let’s move on.
Rajon Rondo, PG
Knowing he cost his fellow veterans five extra minutes the night before due to his layup gaffe, Rondo didn’t respond with any sense of urgency tonight. Instead, we saw classic passive Rondo, and with the old guys unable to create any offense against the stingy Philly D, this was an evening Rondo needed to be aggressive. Didn’t come anywhere close to it.
Keyon Dooling, PG8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3Still waiting for a solid game, since returning from his hip injury. Wondering if it will ever come.
Chris Wilcox, PF21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -22Weak effort on the glass getting owned by a rookie Vucevic and a couple pathetic shot attempts from close range. Team needed energy from him to fight, but it was nowhere to be found.
Mickael Pietrus, SF15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -15Went to the locker room early with an undisclosed injury in the third quarter.
Three Things We Saw
Biggest loss of the Big Three era.
Can’t be shocked by the result, and won’t be tricked into making too much out of it. C’s were on tired legs, Sixers were rested, hungry and energized. Still no excuse though for Boston not to fight through it and give honest effort.
Evan Turner’s coming out party. His rebounding impressed me more than his scoring.