|Paul Pierce, SF 42 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -3The good news is the outside shot returned for The Truth, and he got fouled on the layup he missed with 2:15 remaining and the game tied, but was killed on the glass in the fourth quarter by Thaddeus and Lavoy up front. That’s not totally on Paul who played 42 minutes on a bad wheel with an undersized lineup, but collectively this team needs to do better on the glass if Philly isn’t going to counter small as well.|
|Brandon Bass, PF 22 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +4One night where he looked solid offensively, he still was stuck with minutes in the low 20’s and saw no action in the fourth quarter as Doc rode things out with KG and the small lineup. If there was ever a night to question Doc on that philosophy as Philly repeatedly killed the Sixers on the glass, this loss might be it.|
|Kevin Garnett, PF 40 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -2Defensively, he was as tremendous as always, but he was due for a stinker offensively and we got one tonight. The poor shooting you can live with, but the seven turnovers hurt. Still for the blame pie in this one, he’s at the bottom of the list.|
|Rajon Rondo, PG 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 15 AST | 15 PTS | -6An admirable double-double, and a couple big shots to keep the C’s close late, but not one of his better efforts overall. Some really careless passes throughout the night contributed to Boston’s playoff-high 18 turnovers and a little too much hero ball at the end there would have been nice as he was unable to match Philly down the stretch shot for shot. Not enough discipline out of the guy all game after Boston’s hot start.|
|Avery Bradley, SG 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +12The defense was there, but he’s still struggling with his outside shot, which hurts for an offense that is bottom of the barrel to begin with. Played through his shoulder popping out again, so the guy is still showing his toughness, but Philly really benefited from his foul trouble in the third quarter, getting themselves back into the game over that stretch.|
|Ray Allen, SG 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -24A tough night for Ray with a game-high -24, and another non-factor night for him offensively. He can’t get any separation still on that bad ankle, and while he is helping out with the rebounding, the defense against Iguodala is not up to par, which is the matchup the C’s were forced to go too with the Sixers staying big while Boston remained small.|
|Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -8Four missed shots and three fouls in nine minutes. Full court pressure might not be a good idea on Lou Williams either. Blah.|
|Ryan Hollins, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -13He made a move in the post and took a fadeaway shot tonight. Let’s hope that never happens again.|
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -3After a nice 3 in the first half, he was back to good old Mickael, missing his next three attempts.|
One Thing We Saw
- C’s have not made it easy on themselves all season so why start now? That was their biggest blown lead since 2009 and you know what? They absolutely deserved to lose this game too. 17 turnovers, 17 offensive rebounds allowed, 27 fast break points by Philly resulted in a blown 17-point halftime lead. The Celts’ had them on the ropes and as Doc Rivers put it during the postgame, they lost their composure. After scoring 18 points in the first 6 minutes, they scored 65 over the final 42 minutes. That’s putrid offense and wasn’t enough to get the job done. And instead of heading home feeling good about themselves, we now have a series on our hands.
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