Post-game Reactions

Boston Celtics 79 Final
Recap | Box Score
76 Atlanta Hawks
Paul Pierce, SF 27 MIN | 4-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -6

Bad shooting was the order of the night but Pierce was amongst the prime grinders despite foul trouble that had him sitting out much of the fourth quarter.

Brandon Bass, PF 38 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +12

Playing on this Celtics team has toughened Bass, who hung in there against Pachulia tonight (and threw a few elbows his way as well). One of the few Celtics who scored efficiently tonight.

Kevin Garnett, PF 37 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +3

Another good game for Garnett, particularly on the defensive end. Really enjoyed his return to long distance shooting, results notwithstanding.

Ray Allen, SG 37 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +5

Allen had an incredibly efficient 19 points on only 9 shots, and his trifectas had major impacts on the momentum of the game down the stretch. You rarely see him get prickly against non-Kobe opponents, but Jeff Teague’s technical foul seemed to make Allen a bit edgy. He wore it well, though.

Rajon Rondo, PG 39 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 10 PTS | +3

Poor shooting (like so many other Celtics), good battling (also like so many other Celtics). Rondo also came up with six steals, which played a big part in choking off the Atlanta offense in the second half.

Keyon Dooling, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Roster flotsam.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +6

Loved his effort on the defensive end and I’ll take 40% three-point shooting from him any game of the week. He took Doc’s rebounding reminders to heart, too.

Greg Stiemsma, C 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Blocked some shots and played a good first half, which is where he makes his money these days.

Avery Bradley, SG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | 0


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  • someguyinsac

    I'm enjoying the win, but I'm kind of worried about Bass. Seems like he was laboring through at some points and I'm hoping it's just fatigue, not because of an injury.

  • Ainge need to waived Daniels & Pavlovic then buyout O`Neal,Wilcox, & Dooling by tomorrow around 1 pm. Ainge should sign R.Turiaf,T.Williams,E.House,R.Wallace, & JJ Hickson for 1 year by tomorrow & Wednesday. C`s need a big man in the starting 5 next to KG and a scoring bench to beat Miami & Chicago in the Playoffs.

    • New English

      Heeeeee's Baaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaaaaaack…

    • I have the pleasure of being the first thumbs down on this. You guys, this kid is RELENTLESS. His twitter is off the chain! He's hitting up anyone and everyone about his ideas.

      "@paulpierce34 Tell Ainge to buyout O`Neal,Wilcox, & Dooling contract then waived Daniels & Pavlovic by tomorrow for good."

      • CelticsBIG3

        Ya I happened upon his page one day. He bothers Doc's son, Skip Bayless, etc. etc. I thought he'd be done after the trade deadline

      • janos

        Hi michael David
        Thes guy drive me nut to , trade, but is wonderful experience do a twitter Paul Pierce.

    • yeah

      What about Yao Ming?

    • CG12

      The best part is that everything needs to be done TOMORROW, usually by 1pm, to be exact.

  • Bass with more rebounds than points? Well I'll be damned

  • New English

    Also in reference to the title of this post, I'd say this game seemed more like a song by Grief than Agoraphobic Nosebleed…

    There's gotta be some ex-straight edge Boston stoners on here.

  • ripsonics

    I remember reading that Greg wasn't an NBA player on this blog…… Just Sayin…

    Good win tonight. Tough win. I like what I saw from them tonight, and I'm even happier josh smith isn't on our team….yikes.

    Go C's

    • CG12

      I am genuinely puzzled by the timing of the critical comments by the staff writers about Cs role players. Avery was junk earlier in the season because Moore made 4 3s against Orlando. Now Stiemsma isn't an NBA player… why exactly?

    • CG12

      I was really enjoying watching Josh Smith in action last night. Donnie Marshall called it on the telecast – "fool's gold." Smith makes a couple of jumpers and gives himself the okay to shoot them all night long. Boy did that not work out. He missed, long, short, left, right, you name it. And his shot hits the rim like a bowling ball, no spin or touch, so unless he swishes it, there is no way it is going in.

      • CelticsBIG3

        This is nothing new from Smith, he's been a chucker for years. Would never want him here until he gives that crap up.

  • I_Love_Green

    Man what a game huh? I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

    No but really, good win, lets hope we can get the next 2 now because those are equally as important.

  • red

    Dooling L ike,"I hope there is a cure!"

  • YoungOne

    wow these grades are ridiculous, the game was plain out horrible, good thing: atlanta was worse

  • Gow

    I love it when we win despite the officiating.

  • janos

    This was low score win, am happy again now times, after west lost.

  • Jim

    Your grades are a joke. Pierce gets a B? The guy was horrible and when he came back in the game you could see the momentum change. We almost lost a 15 point lead. Pierce was 4 for 14 and has been shooting us out of game after game. I for one think that he has been a huge reason for the teams slide. He shoots way too much and does not pass the ball as much as he needs to. Too much hero ball with him!

    • red

      when Pierce has the ball lately i can hear Enrique Iglesias in my head singing "I can be your hero"