|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
|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