Post-game Reactions

Boston Celtics 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Atlanta Hawks
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.

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  • I_Love_Green

    Disappointing is the only word I can find to describe this game.

  • CelticsBIG3

    No one has answered me yet… But didn't the Celtics have a 20 second time out left when Rondo stole the ball?

    • CelticsBIG3

      Is everyone else as bummed as I am right now? I don't even want to go to work tomorrow. Especially if I am right in my thinking that we had a 20 second timeout left. Nothing makes you feel more crestfallen then seeing a huge steal like that from Rondo and then blowing it.

      • henry

        I'm almost 100% sure they had no timeouts left, or doc would have drawn up a play

        • CelticsBIG3

          I was almost certain Mike Gorman said they had one 20 second time out left

          • PSquare

            I'm pretty sure that before the last possession of atlanta, they flashed the time-outs remaining. I think there was 1 or 2 TO left for atlanta while we have none.

      • The Cardinal

        Nope, they had no timeouts left. Sometimes, the other team plays well enough that the breaks fall in their favor and you lose. Tonight was simply one of those games for the C's. No biggie…

    • jamie

      No Doc used his last timeout with about 2 minutes to go. I remember sitting on my couch thinking….we'll need that timeout later.

      Atlanta had a 20 left at the end

  • ElRoz

    They got to win with defense in Boston…on offense, they got to go and make Horford, Smith, and Johnson work – go to KG, Bass, and try starting Ray Allen or go through Bradley off picks to make Johnson work. That's it.

  • GowGow

    Win a game by almost 40 points (won by 22 but highest lead was 37), then lose to that same team two days later. This inconsistency is… uh, nevermind.

    • CelticsBIG3

      And to lose by 1… argh

  • High Rollers

    Atlanta earned that one. They tested the C's peg-leg slowed D, and Al Horford gave them the life that was absent since Game Two. Mostly, they just made shots and we didn't. And still… they only won by a point.

    I think the fire will be high at the Garden.

    • Lantrell Walker

      Good points & great optimism

  • someguyinsac

    I suppose the bright side here is that their next opponent won't have any more rest than the Celtics will. And yes, I'm confident that we will own the next game and be off to the next round to meet whoever wins that series.

  • Zee

    Pietrus should've shot up that wide open 3 instead of passing it to Pierce. That would've changed the game. Smh

    • red's army

      pietrus is not right. ever since his brain got rattled he doesnt even look 1/16 like before the injury. his play on the court is lifeless and so his personality. doesnt even look like's he's really into these games which is unlike pietrus.

  • CelticsBIG3

    At least Chicago is pushing Philly out to one more game at least

  • High Rollers

    Did anybody else notice that the game started with a Celtic turnover followed by a Celtic steal (both AB) and then ended with a Celtic steal, followed by a Celtic turnover (both Rondo)?

    That's some eerie symmetry.

    Maybe we should start with the steal next time.

  • Frustrating result in this one – this is the same lack of killer mentality that I had complained about on this blog several weeks ago. I love this team… but you GOTTA put this game away. ATL didn't play overly well and it was low hanging fruit. You tough it out, grab the W, and get some extra rest for the next round against a beatable #8 seed. Hopefully they'll come back and redeem themselves at the Garden but yes a very frustrating game. When Rondo had the ball at the end of the game and slowed up with Josh Smith guarding him I was going nuts… blow by him (especially with the gimpy knee) and either dish at the hoop and draw the foul.

  • Lantrell Walker

    The playoffs are a chess match of adjustments, we slaughtered Atlanta in Game 4 @ home, they responded with a lineup change & monster games from Smith & Horford in front of their home crowd. Now it's our turn again to try & checkmate ATL, once again in our backyard.

    Well it looks like it's time……



    (??_?) to ground the Hawks


  • T.J.

    No need to fret yet. It's the playoffs, you would expect after blowing them out, the Hawks would show some pride and have a good shot at winning the game. It's tough to beat a team 3 times in a row (which we did) let alone 4 games in a row. There still a pretty good team and Horford is playing incredibly well for missing almost 4 months of basketball. (Cant explain this) That being said, wish we would have won tonight, because the rest is needed and I'm not enjoying Paul hobble around right now. Could of got extra rest for him. Oh well, we will take care of biz thursday night at the garden,

  • ElRoz

    Let's say that by Hollinger Power Rankings (not that this is THE ranking – there isn't one), Atlanta finished the season ranked higher than Phily and higher than Indiana. So the C's are not playing some weak first round team at all. With Horford, Teague, Johnson, Smith the team has offensive options and can rebound as well, so the C's are facing a good team.

    With that said, if Boston could win game 6 and avoid any %@&%&(^ to its players, we might witness an easier round 2 against Phily than round 1 against Atlanta.

    If the Bulls win the series, then I think round 2 will be as difficult.

  • James Patrick

    i'm wondering what the grades would be if we had won? lol

    tough loss. but i'm hoping we wrap things up on thursday. we gotta come out tough, not just expect an easy win like last time.

    • janos

      Is good point, James Patrick
      Often, i see web manger look score, then fill in grade based, score, not base perform , score indapendent of grade; is B+ game win B lose

      • High Rollers

        How about this… the Celtics get a B- overall for their closeout attempt, while the Lakers get a D- for flubbing against the Nuggets… AT STAPLES!!!

        Anybody who stayed up to watch that got a nice distraction from the C's hiccup.

  • Morpheus

    Gotdayum i’m really really really bummed bout this. By one point after an epic blowout…

    • CelticsBIG3

      I hear that. It's probably not healthy how much my mood is driven by how this team plays… Especially in Playoff games. Needless to say I am not enjoying being at work right now.

  • Morpheus

    Lol@Hi Rollers

  • jamie

    Way too many easy baskets for Atlanta in the 3rd and 4th. They had major breakdowns on rotations and a lot of it was them exploiting Pierce's lack of mobility.

    I wonder if Doc may consider going back to Ray as a starter and AB off the bench.

  • W2.

    JJ is too big for AB. I would start MP.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Joe Johnson had about as much impact scoring the ball as he has had all series. He was only 6-17.

  • Josh

    Wow, so KG only gets a B for being +17 and shooting 7-12?! Ya, thats not right. Bradley was a complete no-show and Pierce single handedly lost us this game. Why Doc put him back in is beyond me. Atlanta shoots 47% from the floor, kills us on the boards, and we still had a shot to win. Atlanta is that bad.

    • red's army

      agreed i thought pierce was done for the night. then doc couldnt hurt his feeling and put him back in.

      • red's army

        which then sparked like a 10-0 run for the hawks cause pierce couldnt get out of his own way last night

  • red's army

    celtics would have been better off leaving pierce in boston. his obsession with being a late game closer/finisher hurts this team more often then it helps. an airball with 16 seconds left on the shot clock in inexcusable.

  • Sean

    I still feel like it was Rondo's game to lose, and it wasn't in the last minute. The recap is right… he showed up at the end of the 3rd quarter and imposed his will. Before that? What was going on? Rondo didn't bring the ball up for more than half the possessions of the first quarter. He deferred to Avery Bradley and PP… My first thought was that he was winded and wanted to run off some screens, but that didn't happen. I don't get it.

    I put half the loss on Rondo's shoulders, and more than half the recovery on him too (end of 3rd quarter on was wonderful).

  • Miayu

    Disappointing game last night. But where is Stiemsma, Doc?