|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).