|Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +1
Like Rondo, had too many turnovers but they came in a game where Pierce again put up efficient scoring numbers (17 points on 12 shots). We probably don’t talk enough about this season’s happy evolution: a number of games where Pierce can put up point forward style numbers (in rebounds and assists) at the same time Rondo is filling up the box score in other ways. There’s a nice fluidity between the two right now.
|Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1
Boston had no problem getting Bass exactly the shots he wanted today and he’s not the kind to miss open looks. (18 points on 10 shots).
|Kevin Garnett, PF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +21
Another pleasantly suffocating game from Garnett who was instrumental in breaking Philly’s will on both sides of the court. Pierce has his player of the month trophy but KG has been enormous for two months now.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 4 PTS | 0
He was too cutesy with the ball in the first half (5 turnovers) but repeatedly found guys for good looks in the third quarter. And he put down that crazy turnaround baseline jumper.
|Avery Bradley, SG 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +18
Snapped off a couple of nice passes for assists. Dealt with some more aggressive defense on his cuts. Fit nicely with the starters and with an effective bench unit. Another effective game for the new starter.
|Ray Allen, SG 33 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +9
Modified his game successfully back in 2007 and is in the process of doing it again with professional aplomb. Could the assignments at the 3-spot in the small lineups make life easier for him defensively? Maybe that’s too much to hope for. But maybe it’s not.
|Sasha Pavlovic, SF 14 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +15
Pavlovic comes alive! He’s been playing well lately with tonight being a particularly effective two-way effort. Come playoff time, he might end up doing what Marquis Daniels was supposed to do the last few years.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 27 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +7
He moved better on defense tonight. He’s using his size to his advantage more effectively than the first half of the season, when he seemed embarrassed to make an imprint on the game. Haven’t seen the numbers yet but the KG-Stiems combo may eventually supplant the KG-Bass combo on the defensive end, if it hasn’t already.