|Paul Pierce, SF 39 MIN | 3-7 FG | 9-9 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +12
A modest evening for Pierce but he had 9 free throws, a credible total against a defender like Igoudala (and whoever else the Sixers sent at him on doubles). As well, he had only a single turnover. If you can’t dominate, be efficient, and those numbers — along with 16 points on 7 shots — are exactly that.
|Brandon Bass, PF 37 MIN | 9-13 FG | 9-10 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 27 PTS | +17
Bass finally turned in a complete offensive game. He hit his jumpers, cut for open layups and attacked off the dribble. He also hit 90% from the line on 10 attempts. It’s not a game the C’s can expect from him regularly but this one alone should open up the floor for everyone else in game six. Which should in turn get him more open shots. Let’s hope this wasn’t a one-game hot streak.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +17
Carried the team in the first half and finished with a rather quiet 20 points.
|Ray Allen, SG 33 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +9
Go back and revisit your response to Allen’s play the first two months of the season and compare it to recent efforts. Then tell me he should be out on the court. Give him credit for even trying. Pop those shoulders back in Avery. The C’s are going to need them.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 39 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 13 PTS | +16
Came out measured in the first half before conspiring with Bass in the third quarter. Had one incredible read where he looked off Ray Allen at the arc and found a wide open MP cutting for a layup. It’s little discussed, but his defense is a notch above lately, too.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | 0
|Ryan Hollins, C 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1
I remember all of Hollins’ 2 points and 3 rebounds, mostly because I expect so very little from him besides length and rotations.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +14
The stock issue post-concussion comment for Pietrus reads something like this: “Played intense defense but his shooting continues to be a problem.’ Can we just agree this is how he performed until he proves differently? It would save us some typing.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 14 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +2
Came out aggressive after a DNP and the early points were crucial to keep the Celtics in the game. But again ended up with short minutes because, again, his defense leaves a lot to be desired beyond the shotblocking. There were missed assignments and bad rotations that directly cost the C’s points while he was out there. But when he’s aggressive offensively, he’s better than Hollins, overall.