|Sasha Pavlovic, SF 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -7
Quiet game from Sasha. And honestly, he didn’t do anything cool enough to make my notepad.
|Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -8
Brandon Bass bludgeoned his field goal percentage to death with a shovel, then left it beside a dumpster behind Phillips Arena. He kept shooting even though the shots weren’t falling, most of them contested. Bass’ scouting report now consists of two words: Guard him.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 10 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -11
No real playing time for Stiemsma tonight, so no real opportunity for him to do anything. However, in the opening minutes he made Jason Collins look like a 2001 version of Shaq, so there was that. Good that he got some rest along with everybody else.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 32 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | -15
Dooling had 10 first half points including a REALLY pretty floater that made me adjust my television set. His efficiency and leadership in this one was awesome. His perimeter defense was not.
|Avery Bradley, SG 37 MIN | 12-22 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 28 PTS | -5
One of the toughest defenses in basketball knew he was coming and they couldn’t do anything about it. Bradley turned the corner tight like a grand prix driver, got to the basket at will, commanded his jumper, and had a career night when the Celtics needed it. Things are getting scary with this guy.
|Marquis Daniels, SG 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +9
The most pleasant surprise of the game. Daniels initiated the offense and became Boston’s go-to scorer down the stretch. It’s still scary to see him run a fast break, but overall a pretty good game.
|Ryan Hollins, C 30 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +4
Ryan Hollins made a casual appearance on the offensive glass which was really nice of him. (And by casual, I mean amazing.) Great hustle from Hollins who might’ve been motivated by the Sean Williams signing?
|Sean Williams, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
Not enough playing time to judge, but he was asked to defend the pick and roll on one possession and literally spun around in a circle.
|JaJuan Johnson, F 15 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -3
We’re so used to seeing Kevin Garnett knock down that mid-range shot like it’s a layup. Johnson isn’t there yet. What I really liked though was some defensive versatility, stepping out on a trigger happy Vladimir Radmanovic and doing a pretty good job.
|E’Twaun Moore, G 19 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +11
The one shot he hit was a huge corner three to cut Atlanta’s lead to one with under a minute left in the third quarter. Impressive shot. But on a macro-level, Moore plays too much like a baby deer curiously frolicking beside a freeway.
Four Things We Saw
- The Celtics trailed by one point with 2:33 left in the game. Even those this game came so late in the season—with home court on the line—an optimistic and valid viewpoint could be that this was more about the process than the product. The end of the bench saw major minutes in a meaningful game against a defensively stout, playoff caliber team. The final score is meaningless here, the Celtics combined toughness with confidence tonight.
- Tommy Heinsohn quote of the night: “I love it when [Josh] Smith tries to be a playmaker” Smith ended with seven turnovers.
- This is the type of game thats going to make us re-think Avery Bradley’s ceiling. When placed in the proper context, could he end up being Danny Ainge’s smartest draft pick? Can he be an All-Star? Just such a wonderful performance from him tonight.
- The Celtics allowed 34 points in the first quarter alone, but coming out of the locker room after halftime, things were improved immensely. Atlanta scored just 39 points in the second half.