|Paul Pierce, SF 36 MIN | 5-17 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | -9
Paul Pierce played the first half like he had cement injected into his butt. Then, he got mad at the officials and started to force things. His end stat line may look like he has a well-rounded game (as will everyone else’s) but playing the Warriors will do that to you. The real telling number is the field goal percentage. 5-for-17 shouldn’t be acceptable to Pierce but in this shortened-hectic-trade-rumor-filled season, it somehow is.
Part of me wishes Pierce played with a bit more composure instead of trying to prove that he can still be king of the court with a young/athletic team. Another part of me is happy the C’s have started off this road trip 2-1.
|Brandon Bass, PF 41 MIN | 8-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 22 PTS | -1
It’s great when Bass scores a lot of points. Since he’s been inserted into the starting lineup, I had some trepidation that his scoring would drop off and his touches would go down. Instead, the Celtics have let the game come to them and their opponents have been all too happy to let Bass beat them. That may change soon. Tonight, Bass had a great production both outside and inside. Part of Bass’s success is explainable. The Warriors went small so Bass could get away with guarding a guy more his size. Which transitions nicely to why Bass, a guy who nearly ended up with a double-double, gets only a B for his troubles. It’s true, Bass had a fantastic game when the Celtics had the ball. On the other side…not so much. Bass was completely abysmal on defense. He couldn’t even begin to guard any one on the pick and roll tonight. Many of the Celtics bigs struggled on defending the Warrior P&R, so part of me thinks it was schematic. Another part is screaming at me about how Bass still struggles with the defensive rotations.
This begs the question: what grade should a player get if he has an unreal offensive night and a completely absent defensive one? I believe the answer lies in Nick Young’s hair.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 11-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +2
A for the day. Garnett, like Bass, also struggled defending the P&R, albeit not as badly as his big man brethren. Luckily, he made up for it by an efficient 22 points including the biggest two with 5 seconds to go in regulation.
|Ray Allen, SG 32 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -7
It’s games like these where Ray Allen’s offensive limitations smack you in the face and don’t even apologize. How many times did Ray get the ball on the wing/corner, hold it for a few seconds, realize he couldn’t get by his defender and kick it back out/turn it over?
If Ray can’t run his man off screens, he may as well be invisible.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 14 AST | 8 PTS | -7
Rondo had 14 assists, which is nice, but also commonplace for him. What’s not commonplace was the absolutely nothing he brought to the defense end. Usually, Rondo can frustrate you when he reaches around players who drive by him. Tonight, he just puzzled me. I had no idea why he continually let Nate Robinson get by him and to the rack. It almost seemed like he really expected the front line to mop him up but they were late on nearly every rotation.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 8 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +11
Hey Keyon! Nice jumper! Oh…there you go, bye Keyon!
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 25 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +3
He’s alive! And he’s not a horrible shot!
It was really nice to see Pietrus wake up from behind the arc. Many of his threes weren’t necessarily due to poor closeouts from the Warriors, which was also nice to see. On the flip side, he made Klay Thompson look like an Allstar.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +9
If Stiemsma could do this every night, they wouldn’t be completely freaking out about Chris Wilcox being out for the season. The Stiemcleanah was pretty bad in the first half, looking confused on where to be on the defensive end. As the game went on, he seemed to find a grove and definitely was a net positive.
|Avery Bradley, SG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +9
It was strange to see Keyon Dooling come off the bench first instead of Bradley. That said, it is always nice to see Bradley guard guys from end to end. I think guarding rookies also only serves to build his confidence. Charles Jenkins? please!