Mickael Pietrus, SF35 MIN | 4-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +14He has no conscience at all with that three-point shot. In related news: needs to develop a conscience with that three-point shot.
Brandon Bass, PF37 MIN | 9-19 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +14Missed a number of wide-open shots but with the Big Three out, his presence gave Rondo a shooter which opened up lanes for the Boston offense.
Greg Stiemsma, C28 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +6Challenges everything, even when he’s fouling a lot. Nice insurance against failures in the Boston perimeter defense and the favorite of block-fetishists everywhere.
Rajon Rondo, PG43 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 6 REB | 16 AST | 20 PTS | +11Doc leaned hard on Rondo, who carried the burden of offensive creation for the entire first half. Turned the ball over 8 times, and played too casually at times, but the 16 assists are impressive and would have totaled upwards of 20 had his teammates hit some more shots. Also got to the rim pretty much at will tonight.
Avery Bradley, SG35 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +8Really nice game for Bradley, who just missed a career high and who, I dare predict, may become more than just a shooter on offense. He’s going to be able to score off the dribble, because the finishing ability is definitely coming along and he’s already got the burst.
Keyon Dooling, PG14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -2Sometimes I forget Dooling is on the court. I bet you do too.
Ryan Hollins, C20 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +6Long, empty minutes for Hollins on offense, save for one impressive alley-oop finish off a pass from Rajon Rondo. Otherwise, not an embarrassment.
Sasha Pavlovic, SF15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +5You wouldn’t cringe if you saw him out there on the court in the playoffs but mostly because he won’t hurt you too much, not because he’s much of a threat. In that sense, he’s the white Keyon Dooling.
JaJuan Johnson, F6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1Not ready for regular court time yet, especially on defense. Hope that he’s on the Avery Bradley second-year emergence plan.