|Paul Pierce, SF 38 MIN | 10-20 FG | 15-18 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 36 PTS | +18
Nights like this make you think Pierce still has value as a top-5 small forward in this league. Not only did he carry the offense with a season high 20 free throw attempts and points, he brought his rebounding hard hat with 10 boards for good measure, as the C’s had one of their rare plus rebounding nights. Watching him toy with Corey Maggette was a treat as well, but this is why the C’s won’t be an easy out in the playoffs if the captain can still produce like it’s 2005 on any given night.
|Brandon Bass, PF 40 MIN | 4-9 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +11
Classic consistency from Sea-Bass in this one. A couple jumpers, offensive rebounds and defensive brainfarts. All in all, C’s will take it when they continue to overwork the game with such a shorthanded front line. Did a tremendous job down the stretch fighting hard on the glass.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 10-20 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -10
Didn’t have to do much rebounding, but he had his way on the offensive end, working the two-man game with Pierce with precision. His outside game setup up a couple nice upfakes and drives, including an old-man blow-by of B.J. Mullens in the third quarter.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 1-7 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 7 PTS | +21
The shooting hesitation trend has continued a little longer, but Rondo had a solid command of this contest tonight, with no foolish turnovers and another double-digit assist outing. The plus/minus tells the story here.
|Avery Bradley, SG 40 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +1
The second-year sparkplug followed up his career night with another incredibly positive offensive performance. Was the victim of foul trouble for a lot of the second half, but some incredibly strong takes and clever cutting led to another double-digit outing. The confidence here continues to grow.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -8
Hit a three, otherwise a forgettable outing. Team needs more out of him on nights like this against inferior opponents.
|Marquis Daniels, SG 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
May have fallen out of the rotation again with three lackluster minutes and a foolish turnover on an inbounds play.
|Ryan Hollins, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | 0
A pretty alley-oop on the break from Rondo made his three minutes of action worth it.
|Sasha Pavlovic, SF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
Didn’t do anything to take advantage of Daniels’ minutes once Doc went to him in the second half. With Pietrus out indefinitely, he or Marquis is going to have to show something to help keep the captain’s minutes down.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +13
Have to admire how this guy is gutting it out on a bad foot. Continues to hit the glass hard and get no respect from the officials, including a laughable technical foul after he was taunted by Derrick Brown. Filling up the box score in all categories and remains as the one consistent contributor coming off this bench at the moment.