|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | -3
Pierce played pretty good defense on Andre Iguodala but was otherwise invisible. Nine shot attempts and two free throws in 36+ minutes is not enough against any team, let alone the C’s second round opponent.
|Brandon Bass, PF 24 MIN | 5-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | 0
Okay, he’s not back at all. I still love the spacing he’s getting but something is preventing him from knocking down shots he made with regularity during the regular season. Whether it be mental or physical, it is still very real.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +16
We couldn’t expect Garnett to score 30 every game and definitely not when he only has 12 shot attempts. Despite the drop off in points, KG is still controlling the game with his defense, energy, and rebounding. After last game, Garnett talked about feeding off the crowd and he certainly did that tonight.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 39 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 13 AST | 8 PTS | -3
From the very tip, Rondo seemed content to toy with the Sixers. He passed up wide open lay ups for assist attempts and it ended up hurting the Celtics big time. He messed around and nearly got a triple-double but there was too much “messing around” and not enough “making the right basketball play.”
|Avery Bradley, SG 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +18
Really hard to knock Bradley for his game tonight. He dislocated his shoulder again and still came back and hit a huge three to keep it close late. Along with his customary ball pressure, Bradley gets a B+ for his troubles.
|Ray Allen, SG 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -6
Allen struggled early with his shot and lost Jrue Holiday on defense a couple of times. He battled through it and knocked down some big shots, attacked the basket, and had one huge defensive play on Andre Iguodala. 37 minutes is a lot for a hurt player but maybe he’s just getting healthier.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -2
Dooling didn’t do anything bad tonight, but he definitely didn’t do anything great either. Still, he’s an active defender and provides energy for nine minutes a game. Add in a three pointer or two and you have yourself a backup combo guard.
|Ryan Hollins, C 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -13
Hollins finished two spectacular alley-oops, which is about the only thing you can/should expect from him in terms of contributions. He’s a 7 footer that had 0 rebounds in 7 minutes.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +2
It was a pleasant surprise to see Pietrus knock down those two threes. The first one was a prayer. The second looked like a confident curl and follow through. His defense was lacking sorely tonight as he routinely got stuck on picks and committed two fouls in 11 minutes. He made up for it by being really active on the glass. It doesn’t really show in the box score, but he was getting his hands on some balls.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -14
Stiemsma played much better than he has been lately, but his defense left much to be desired. His timing on his block attempts is all off and he’s just fouling anyone who comes near him. I love the jumpers he took tonight even though he didn’t make them. He was open and he showed during the regular season that he can knock them down.