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Love, KG: Celtics 100 T-Wolves 79

 
Boston Celtics 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
79 Minnesota Timberwolves
Paul Pierce, SF 34 MIN | 9-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +17

A bit trigger happy at times but had all sorts of good looks, especially in the first half. Worked the boards in a game where the Celtics needed him to do just that.

Brandon Bass, PF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +16

A mostly unremarkable game for Bass, save for a hard dribble-drive and dunk. Still getting a surprising number of clearout possessions on offense.

Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 12-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | +16

Add Kevin Love to the list of power forwards outplayed by Kevin Garnett this season. What’s more, it wasn’t close (numbers be damned). Great shooting, big numbers on the boards and great defense. If he can do this every night in the playoffs, things could get interesting.

Rajon Rondo, PG 36 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 17 AST | 6 PTS | +18

It’s hard to escape the feeling he’s pacing himself at this point in the season, which makes the gaudy assist total all the more impressive. Shooting and perimeter defense left something to be desired tonight but again, you’ll take 6 boards and 17 dimes anytime you get them.

Avery Bradley, SG 38 MIN | 6-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +14

His decision-making has really come along. He pulls the ball out when he needs to, cuts when he’s playing off the ball, attacks with prudence. Right now, if Bradley’s on the court, I expect good things to happen.

Keyon Dooling, PG 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +2

Even as I type this it seems wrong but… was this one of Dooling’s best games of the season? It was in the sense he actually made an imprint on the game, forcing turnovers, hitting a few shots and generally making a case for himself as a rotation player if one of Ray Allen or Mickael Pietrus is forced to miss more time.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 14 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

Decent minutes, but mostly spent them lingering around the perimeter on offense. If he could ever find consistent confidence, he could be a real pest on defense. But it’s eluded him in the past and nothing has changed this season.

Greg Stiemsma, C 23 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +2

One of my favorite Stiemsma games this season. If he’s contributing in three categories, as he was tonight, he’s very valuable (too often he gives you only one thing).

  • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid
  • felix

    like i said – KG schooling KL.
    First in the Atlantic, baby!:)

  • tbunny

    Celtics have the toughest schedule the rest of the way. But I'm not worried. I know they are going to compete hard in every game, and win a lot of them. I bet they are even excited to be playing the best teams right now. They are ready for them.

  • I_Love_Green

    Make the change Doc! Start Bradley for good!

  • ElRoz

    While it is great to see so many assists from Rondo in so many game in a row, and get the confidence that he can run the offense at different gears and situations, I am still continually disappointed -and worried – by how other teams back-off of Rondo and how he simply cannot respond. This game he dribbled past the free throw line on numerous occasions, and his defender just backed off but Rondo would stop and look to pass the ball – NEVER SHOOT as he seems to have lost the thin confidence in his shot he displayed earlier in the season. The guy is afraid to take a foul-line jumper again and again – and maybe for good reason. How can you win like that when Kobe or DWade is roaming around helping off of Rondo and doubling KG and Pierce?

    • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

      Maybe it's like counter-intelligence. Playoffs teams are going to prepare for this version of Rondo, and he is going to torch them. That's what I'm choosing to believe.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Kevin Garnett is incredible; this guy is going out every night and leaving EVERYTHING he has out there. Down the stretch in the fourth quarter you knew those turnarounds and key jumpers were gonna fall as the ball was leaving his hands. INCREDIBLE.

  • ripsonics

    I don't even need to say this.. but IF you aren't impressed with how well KG has been playing these last few games than you are as smart as KidPrince22..

    Honestly, I am so impressed with him – I don't have words for it. Bradley too. You gotta give some credit to this team. So far they have lost three guys to injuries – KEY guys – all bigs, and now with Ray Allen and Pietrus injured they are still finding a way to win. It really is impressive. I know I have been a bit of a skeptic this year – and its honestly because when you see them play so well, and then go out and play like ass – you get frustrated. This is the team I paid $100 in league pass fees to watch baby! LETS GO!

    GO C's

  • yeah

    Their recent performances have actually scared me into thinking that Ray Allen's presense might not be so good for this team – how is it that they've been better without him? Maybe Avery should start after all. At the very least it would keep Ray Allen safer from injury.

  • lakershater13

    I was able to catch 1 game earlier in the season in Washington and 1 game recently in Boston and seeing KG both times was interesting. Seeing him in Washington he had a great game but it seemed like he had no lift. The game I saw recently he seemed like his legs were really back under him. Then watching him on tv last night having 2 quality dunks in the same game it was great to see. I'm not sure if he wasnt in game shape early on or if he has just been pacing himself all season. What ever has caused the change I am a big fan.
    I am excited to see how KG plays tomorrow against the Heat. In the postseason last year KG had one game of 28 and 18. It was his only 20-10 of the series and the only game the Cs won. If KG can be a real factor against the Heat the Cs have a chance. It was actually only game he had over 16 points. KG to me looks very hungry. He may not be able to do the same things he did in 08 but i think the hunger is there. Also if everyone remembers correctly when the Cs won the title in 08 who was the center to close out games… it was KG with Posey at the 4.

  • felix

    Rondo bound to have another monster game today!

    • felix

      after all, it will be on national tv:) national rondo day!

  • Bert

    Garnett fought for his rebounds today. The guy is such an asset these days. How about Bass getting to the line? 10-10. It's nice to see him down low opposed to the jumper that we're so used to. I feel like wherever he ends up he owes a lot to Rondo for making him look so good.

    PS: Scalabrine was +12 in the bulls loss today

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