|Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +1
Just another win where Paul Pierce leads the Celtics in scoring. No big deal. After shaking off an early poke in the eye that forced him to the bench, Pierce was his typical quiet-but-deadly-efficient self.
|Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1
The only note I wrote to myself about Bass’ performance related to a first quarter play where David West took him strong off the dribble for a short jumper. You’d think someone with Bass’ athleticism would be able to stay with an older, slower player. But Bass couldn’t. Offensively and on the glass he left much to be desired.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +21
Garnett’s jumper hasn’t been falling lately, but you know what? That’s perfectly fine if he’s going to play this All-NBA defense against opposing centers every night. Tonight he helped make All-Star Roy Hibbert a non-factor.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 4 PTS | 0
The game started with Rondo having eight assists in the first quarter. It looked like he was well on his way to one of those 18-20 assist nights that make him so special, but things cooled down in the second half. This was his 16th straight game with 10-plus dimes, passing John Stockton for the league’s longest streak in the last 20 years. A truly stupendous player we’re watching here.
|Avery Bradley, SG 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +18
Bradley came back to Earth in the box score tonight, but he was incredibly aggressive getting to the basket (even if they ended in misses, turnovers, and blocks almost every time). The Pacers did a great job stopping the baseline cuts that Bradley thrives on for points right now, but it’s nothing to panic about. He’ll just have to adjust. And he will.
|Ray Allen, SG 33 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +9
I loved everything about Ray Allen’s performance tonight. He shot the ball like Kobe, taking the same amount of shots as Pierce and Garnett (11) at halftime. Despite starting a little cold, he kept shooting, realizing that the units he was on really needed his scoring, and by the final buzzer he had the most field goal attempts on the team. Making five three-pointers never hurts.
|Sasha Pavlovic, SF 14 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +15
Very efficient game from Sasha on both ends tonight. He’s a true professional, always ready, coming off the bench and knocking down shots whenever it’s needed. Pavlovic looked real comfortable out there tonight.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 27 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +7
Fact: Stiemsma is one of the five best shot blockers in the NBA. Tonight he had five swats in the first half and led the team in scoring at halftime. Great performance by the big guy.