|Paul Pierce, SF 39 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +1
You might be feeling charitable because of the 9 assists and his role in facilitating the offense in the second half, but I see the huge zero under rebounding and the bad shooting. With a ravaged frontline, the Celtics need Pierce to play bigger.
|Brandon Bass, PF 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +3
Credible game for Bass, who pulled down 8 boards and hit a number of open shots (although not the one the C’s needed in crunch time). Despite his height, he did a decent job on the Laker bigs too. With Wilcox out, he becomes more important than ever.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 35 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 14 PTS | -3
Doing yeoman’s work at center, even as he’s surrounded by shrimps (Bass) and D-Leaguers (Stiemsma).
|Ray Allen, SG 39 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +3
Boston tried to hide him on defense but he couldn’t cover World Peace or Bryant effectively today without racking up fouls (Rivers eventually switched Pierce onto Kobe). Did have a better all-around game on the offensive end, and his shot started falling in the second half.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 10-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 24 PTS | +2
Rondo shot 8-11 after a 2-7 start and handed out ten assists despite having lame-duck shooters around him much of the first half. Did a nice job handling the offense, especially considering Boston’s size disadvantage in the halfcourt.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
Look at all those goose eggs in the box score. He’s Mr. Irrelevant.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 11 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -7
Feisty game for Pietrus, who also battled through an ankle injury to play 11 minutes. His shooting’s been a problem since his hot start. Was again today.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4
Did a nice job in short minutes and will have to continue to do so at least until the trading deadline.
|Avery Bradley, SG 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5
Interesting that he’s no longer in competition for minutes with Moore but Dooling. And he’s outperforming him too.