|Paul Pierce, SF 36 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -13
Peg-leg Pierce fought through it to turn in a mediocre performance and while the grade is moderate, his commitment to team is much more. But now he’s got to go again on Thursday night because the Celtics can’t score without him and a game 7 in Atlanta isn’t that far off if things go poorly. Also, that late airball stings.
|Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -22
Finally picked up his game, although most of his production came in the first half.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +17
The Celtics needed more from Garnett tonight. Only 12 shot attempts, which, matchups aside, is a problem with such a limited Pierce. Also, his first soft rebounding night of the series.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 44 MIN | 6-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 13 PTS | -5
Another wildly inconsistent night from Rondo, who came alive late in the third quarter but too late to carry home the win (and it was on his shoulders with Pierce hurting). Had a batch of sub-10 foot shots in the first half he just missed but even when he was getting into the paint, it never felt like a game he could control. Upside: his defense is a level above the last two games.
|Avery Bradley, SG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0
A non-entity, in part due to matchups. First time in awhile we’ve been able to report that about Bradley.
|Ray Allen, SG 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -1
Allen seemed motivated to carry some of the scoring burden tonight but when you stick to him, he doesn’t have the burst to get his own shot. The Celtics ran him off a triple pick in the fourth and he still couldn’t get open. That said, he seems to be healthy enough to hit shots when he gets them.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +4
Little used tonight. Is his shooting stroke back?
|Ryan Hollins, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +6
An inspired effort from Hollins, who proved himself an able replacement with Stiemsma (presumably) battling more foot problems. He can do it on defense when it involves rotating in the team game although he still gets beat or tricked one-on-one. His offensive game is mostly lobs and picks but the C’s can make use of those tools.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +11
It’s hard to tell how much is injury and how much is just rotten shooting but Pietrus is the least impactful offensive player on the Boston roster right now. Did play a key defensive role as the Celtics mounted their late game comeback, but Daniels feels like a better option right now.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
He must be hurt.