|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 11-14 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | +13
Pierce proved that you can miss 11 of 17 shots and still have a great game. He set up base camp around the rim tonight: only five of his shots came from anywhere else. Instead of points, Pierce asked to be compensated in 1) rebounds and 2) free throws, and the Sixers agreed to the terms of that deal. Not certain why he had to be in the game airballing threes with a 27-point lead and six minutes to go, but Doc decided it was important.
|Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +21
Big game for Bass, who proved he can still achieve the minimum expected of him: five boards, ten points, and a shooting efficiency that reflects his almost constant openness. He got to that minimum in only 27 minutes. If he gets there or beyond for the rest of the playoffs, this team is deadlywinks.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 30 MIN | 12-17 FG | 3-5 FT | 13 REB | 4 AST | 27 PTS | +27
He was the only Celtic who had his shot going in the early minutes. He forced Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes to basically give up on basketball. HE OUTREBOUNDED BRAND, HAWES, AND ANDRE IGUODALA COMBINED. This all happened in 30 minutes. I’m terrified of my love for KG at this point. I’m 90% of the way to becoming Swimfan.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 41 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 14 AST | 23 PTS | +15
Rondo went Cold Stone over and over tonight with that scoop off the glass. I’d trade this game for any of his triple-doubles: efficient scoring on a high volume of shots has escaped Rondo this series, but tonight he had that going along with full offensive orchestration. He DID say they’d be fine, you guys.
|Avery Bradley, SG 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +10
Doc went easy on Avery’s shoulder tonight, at least until he pats him on the back at Friday’s shootaround and knocks it clean off his body. Avery had zero points, but he folded up Evan Turner and put him in his wallet.
|Ray Allen, SG 25 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +11
Barely noticed him out there, which was a luxury Boston could afford. He had as big a role in the offense as E’Twaun Moore, but in 22 more minutes. Guess he’s a defensive specialist now. The free throw situation is becoming a puzzling concern.
|Ryan Hollins, C 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -15
Shaq called him “Donnell” Hollins in the postgame show. Keep your head up, pal.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +8
Imagine Pietrus instead of Zooey Deschanel in that iPhone commercial, reacting to his own shooting:
Pietrus: “Is that rain?”
Siri: “Yes, Mickael. It appears to be raining threes.”
Pietrus: “Let’s get bouillabaisse delivered.”