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A Great Escape: Celtics 92, Sixers 91

 
Philadelphia 76ers 91 Final   Recap | Box Score 92 Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce, SF 40 min, 14 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3-11 FG, 0-2 3FG, 8-8 FT
Paul Pierce didn’t completely have it going on the offensive end, but he more than made up for it defending Andre Iguodala for nearly the entire game. He shot horribly right up until that dagger of an elbow jumper with 1:18 to go. It’s always nice to see your go-to guy come up big when it matters most even if he’s been struggling all night.
Brandon Bass, PF 24 min, 10 pts, 4 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4-9 FG, 0-0 3FG, 2-2 FT
Bass is back! Okay, he’s almost back. He attacked the hoop really hard when he found himself in the paint and was able to get a jumper to fall midway through the third quarter. He didn’t shoot well otherwise, but when I say he’s back, I’m really referring to the spacing being back.  More like the idea of Bass is back. Bass was able to knock down jumper after jumper in the regular season due to the Celtics ability to draw and kick. The Hawks’ constant switching on defense prevented Bass from being able to get it going at all last series. The Sixers aren’t going to switch as much and Bass should be able to find his groove and start knocking down shots.
Kevin Garnett, PF 38 min, 29 pts, 11 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 3 blk, 12-20 FG, 0-0 3FG, 5-5 FT
There is no explanation needed for KG’s grade. But here’s Kevin explaining..er..something?
Rajon Rondo, PG 40 min, 13 pts, 12 reb, 17 ast, 4 stl, 0 blk, 6-15 FG, 0-3 3FG, 1-2 FT
It’s getting to a point where people will start being surprised when Rondo doesn’t have a triple- double. I docked him a third of a grade for his six turnovers and generally uninspired play in the first half. To play that poorly in the first half and still end up with a triple-double is an amazing thing for our collective blood pressures. If Rondo starts out off, there’s still hope that he’ll get it together and start playing well.
Avery Bradley, SG 27 min, 8 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk, 4-11 FG, 0-4 3FG, 0-0 FT
There were times tonight where Bradley looked 100% healthy and other times he looked like he was still being bothered by his left shoulder injury. The explosiveness in the open court was amazing to see, especially after Rondo appeared to have tweaked his groin doing a Tim Thomas split. Bradley was hip to Rondo’s ailment and took it upon himself to go end to end finishing with an amazing layup through two defenders. Speaking of defenders, Bradley was consistently the best one on the floor the entire game.
Ray Allen, SG 33 min, 12 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4-10 FG, 2-7 3FG, 2-2 FT
If Ray Allen finds his stroke soon, this series may be over very quickly. I loved Ray’s aggressiveness. His shot wasn’t falling so he appeared to be in attack/hustle mode. He also spent time guarding Andre Iguodala, a player that should have torched/posted Allen up routinely but didn’t due to Ray’s physicality and deceptive quickness. With his busted ankle, he shouldn’t be able to stay in front of anyone but he seems to be managing very well.
Keyon Dooling, PG 9 min, 4 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 0 blk, 2-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT
Say what you want about Keyon Dooling, but the dude tries incredibly hard, is very active, and seems to be able to spell the Celtics guards for 10 minutes a game. If he can continue to do this and the Celtics continue to win, everyone in Beantown is going to be very happy.
Ryan Hollins, C 10 min, 2 pts, 1 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT
There was a scary moment in this game where Ryan Hollins…actually drove to the basket and tried to kick it out before being fouled. It wasn’t exactly a bad play, but I’ve been wondering why Hollins jab steps every time he gets the ball since he got to Boston. Who actually thinks he’s going to put the ball on the deck? The answer: we all might have to start. Another scary moment was Hollins falling on his back after missing an alley oop dunk. Apparently it looked a lot worse than it was but worrying about whether or not Ryan Hollins can come back into the game is a scary prospect. The Celtics had better hope they don’t face a team with an elite front court.
Mickael Pietrus, SF 11 min, 0 pts, 0 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 0 blk, 0-2 FG, 0-2 3FG, 0-0 FT
Remembering that there are two sides of the ball, Pietrus has earned a C. He can defend and he still cannot score.
Greg Stiemsma, C 9 min, 0 pts, 2 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 1 blk, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT
Where has the Celtic fan favorite gone? The Stiemah is really struggling lately and it’s making it impossible for him to see any substantial court time.
  • george

    Been a Celtic fan for almost fifty years, bleed green, favorite color green, loving me some Celtics,forever.

  • ElRoz

    Mr. Robb: the stat line you put up has very little in common with the actual box score. For starters see Dooling – 2 for 2…and Pierce 3 for 11…6 rebs..6 assists.

    Ge the correct stat line in your grading – see the actual box score

  • ElRoz

    The state line seems to be from game 6 against the Hawks..NOT TONIGHT'S GAME. Wake up!

  • http://CelticsHub.com Brendan Jackson

    Chilllll. Our recap generator is buggy right now so we have to fix everything manually, which obviously takes time. The correct stats are now up.

  • Phil

    Throwback KG is so great. I don't know how long he can play at this level, but he's putting this team on his back right now.

    It was really big for the Cs to get the win after that bad first half. Now they can put a stranglehold on the series with a game 2 win. The Iguodala/Pierce matchup continues to scare the hell out of me (not sure why everyone thinks its a coincidence that Pierce didn't have it tonight,) but Ray playing well makes this team much much better. I just wish the defense could play at half the level that it does normally when KG is off the court.

  • K-dog

    those stats on Dooling are off. he had an amazing 3 and an assist that really burned the defense. he was as good as ever for us! Great Victory!

    • Jman

      I agree…Dooling was good tonight I would of liked to have seen a dooling/Bradley/pierce/KG/Rondo line-up to see how it would go replacing Ray. Dooling seemed to have good defensive mind tonight. But it worked great with Ray though and that's all that matters…

  • K-dog

    ug. I was thinking of this column during the game, and was thinking Stiemsma deserved two Fs. no effort to box out. no eyes for passes to him in the paint. no feet for defense. yuk. a fan favorite falls flat!

  • Switcharoo

    That ain’t no ‘throwback’ KG, the man is what he is……A BEASTIE!!!
    I didn’t get to see the game but followed the play by play online and I was surprised to see the final score; talk about pulling one outta the fire!
    I freakin love this team but damn, my blood pressure takes off with games like these. This series can’t be good for my health lol.
    One has to wonder what’s up with Stiemsma, is he hurt or freaked out being in the playoffs or what, it’s like he shutdown or , God forbid, is going backwards.
    At any rate that’s 1 in the bucket so let’s keep it going.
    And could someone, I don’t care who, for the love of God spray some WD40 on those doors in the locker room. I can barely hear KG anyway, then someone opens that door and forget it.

  • Hype

    Only Ryan Hollins could find a way to play 110 minutes in a 48 minute game

    • Hype

      aaaaand it's been fixed, making this irrelevant.

  • JR99

    Avery Bradley deserves an A. … two sweet plays… the reverse layup after he blew by Rondo and everybody else, and then that unreal block on Williams after the steal, when he tracked him the full length of the court and then blocked his layup clean as can be near the rim. Just beautiful. The only guy on this team, or maybe any team, who can pull off that kind of defensive magic.

    • Anthony

      The entire sequence from that block on Lou Williams was just awesome to watch. He didn't give up on the play, made the block, sprinted back on offense and celebrated KG's 3 point play. And you can tell he was genuinely excited despite not being rewarded for the block with a fast break pass. Love the unselfishness and team-play. Celts never trailed after that.

      • JR99

        Yes, the whole sequence was amazing and perfect. On the run back, Avery practically did a figure-8 on the court and still beat everybody to the rim. I find myself just watching him a lot of the time, because he does something great ALL the time. His fluidity, speed, decision-making… all great.

  • skeeds

    Most important in this win was that it proved this team does not lose its composure. Being down early, buckets pouring for the 76ers, they all did what they had to to stick in the game and finally turn it around. Went to the free throw line, attacked the rim, took high percentage shots, went after every 50-50 ball, and played relentless defense throughout the game.

    Finally, I've noticed it throughout the Hawks series, and last night too. When the C's turn their defense on, usually starting the 2nd quarter, and throughout the 4th, the opponent takes can't find a good shot. Throughout the 4th last night, they literally had one open jumper, everything else was a bad look. I've seriously never seen such an effective defense before.

    • JCP

      Agreed. We've seen a lot of games this year where we get behind early and fight our way back in valiantly in the 4th… only to fall short. Steve Kerr even threw out a stat about the C's being 1-22 when being behind by 13 points at any time during a game (that's probably not exactly right, but something along those lines).

      The crazy thing about the first half, and especially the first quarter, was that we were getting REALLY good looks, they just weren't falling. If we can keep getting those looks consistently, this series will come to us.

      • skeeds

        Exactly. In the last 10-15 games I watched of the Celtics, it's really only been about 2 things. Energy level, and shooting streak. The other team has almost nothing to do with it. It's always the C's game to lose.
        When both those things are on, you get wins like the blowout against the Hawks, or Miami in April. Completely devastating all around dominance. If the shooting's off, well, luckily our defensive energy often bails us out.

  • felix

    please post Kevin's monster block against Andre! PP has had these moments lately where he dribbles around the double team without orientation just to turn it over with a really really bad pass across the court. jikes.

    • The Cardinal

      As good as PP is and injury and fatigue be damned, he's like most superstars (KG being a notable exception) – he has that superstar tendency to play hero ball sometimes even when he should just let the game come to him. But as Doc would probably say: "That's just who he is."

      • felix

        yeah, guess you're right. wonder if that knee actually has smth to do with it or if it was just a bad shooting night for him.

  • felix

    just for a moment – think back to those trade rumours a couple months ago………….josh smith for KG……………..

    • Rav

      Obviously, I'd much rather have KG (my favorite player!), and he's been playing awesomely. Josh Smith is pretty good though, and he played well in the 1st-rond series.

      In all honesty, a fully healthy Hawks team would probably have beaten us (maybe even if we were fully healthy), and also would have deserved it too. Didn't have Horford back until Game 4 (he got right back into it though, even though he had no time to get up to game-speed – how good would he have been with 66 games under his belt) and no Zaza (their first big off the bench, and their sixth/seventh man).

  • Hype

    No I will not be thinking about that tyvm.

  • Rav

    Think Dooling's worth more than a C+; like the ratings otherwise.

  • Ben

    How can Bass put up a -13 plus/minus and still get a B?

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