|Paul Pierce, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | -9Came alive in the second half and still hit the glass hard so hard to fault his effort too much. Still needed to be more aggressive as only C’s player that can get to the line with any regularity. (Just three free throws)|
|Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -19No noticeable lingering effects from the knee scare in 32 minutes, just a meh game from Bass offensively. A night Boston needed him on the glass to stand up against the likes of Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray on the glass (I’m actually not kidding on this, they are good rebounders) Bass manages just three boards.|
|Kevin Garnett, PF 32 MIN | 5-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -10Wouldn’t be surprised to see him take a rest Saturday night, even though I don’t know if C’s can handle Kris Humphries without him. The jumper has looked sensational for weeks, so he came back to earth tonight from the outside, showing little aggression elsewhere. This lack of aggression thing will be a pretty common theme in these evaluations.|
|Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 12 AST | 8 PTS | -4The double-digit assist streak is up to 20, largely thanks to a pretty first quarter (7 assists) but just seven shot attempts on a night where this offense struggled around him is less than ideal. Rajon also took the night off from rebounding, so like rest of team was on cruise control for majority of his 37 minutes out there.|
|Avery Bradley, SG 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -115 points is the good news……13 free throws for DeMar DeRozan is the bad news here. DeRozan hit them all as well making the most of Bradley’s questionable defensive aggression. Fouling being on jumpers generally is not a good idea.|
|Keyon Dooling, PG 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -2Had an opportunity to earn more minutes, didn’t quite make the most of it. Team is going to need something from him while Ray is out to win these games if it wants to rest guys.|
|Marquis Daniels, SG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4He’s still on the team! You would barely know it though if you looked at his line tonight.|
|Ryan Hollins, C 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +4C’s actually stayed pretty even with Toronto with him and Steimer playing together, so can’t blame the non-rebounding big man who snuck in a couple fouls in five minutes|
|Sasha Pavlovic, SF 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0The ineffective offensive Sasha was on display tonight, missing some open jumpers after shooting lights out for the first half of April.|
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +16The rust that failed to show Wednesday night made an appearance this evening.|
|Greg Stiemsma, C 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +4Uneven effort from the big game who got to the line a couple times, but was muscled in the interior by the other Raptor bigs (just one board in 16 minutes). Cut the guy some slack though with the foot injuries he’s battling as Doc has to be careful with his minutes like everyone else.|
Four Things We Saw
- Let’s not get too riled up after this one. While this reeked of a missed opportunity, let’s keep in mind this team is playing its 7th game in 10 nights. You want to beat inferior teams, but given the choice you’ll take the wins that count as double in the standings, (Atlanta, Indiana, Philly) earlier over this stretch. Now the margin of error though remains razor thin for home court advantage, with the three seed looking closer to being out of reach for Boston.
- Remember when the C’s went 9 of 14 from downtown against Miami? They went 1-of-10 in the fourth quarter tonight, and still had a chance to win the game after a 7-0 run in the final minute. Toronto’s a pretty decent team defensively, but at this rate Boston might be the favorite to enter postseason as worst offensive team in the NBA if we discount the Bobcats as an NBA team. (29th in points per possession before the game tonight).
- After dominating season series for years, C’s split it with Toronto 2-2 this year. Feels weird to write that.
- Most disappointing part of this game could be the minutes, which are starting to become a factor. All the starters played a bit more than Doc would like and they still wound up with the loss. Not how you want to start a back-to-back-to-back. With Nets playing well having beaten Philly on the road tonight, things won’t get easier Saturday night in Jersey.
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