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101 Boston Celtics
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
Replacement level.
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.
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  • Anthony

    Ray still looks pretty bad out there. Hopefully both him and AB can play in Game 6 so Celts can close out the series.

    • ElRoz

      I agree. Can I say that since Ray took 7 shots, it might NOT be a big issue that he scored 5 points and was 2-7. Perhaps had he taken 12 shots, he would have gone 5-12 or 6-12…if he was like 3-18 – it would be a bad sign, but it is still not clear if he is ineffective. Sure, he is limited physically right now, but he still helps the rest of the team by his presence around the 3-point line. Perhaps Phily would want to test him and let him get more open and shoot more – but they are not doing that, nor should they. If he gets 10 shots in a game, he could easily go 5-10 with a few 3-pointers. With that said: hope Avery can come back – it will be 4 days w/o playing agame for him by Wednesday, maybe that will be enough time to heal a little?

    • The Cardinal

      Ray has upped his defense to compensate for his lack of offense. I thought that his defense on Turner and whomever else he guarded in the second half was pretty darn good. Hopefully they can win game 6 and get 3 days off, which should help Ray, PP, Pietrus, AB and Rondo (don't forget his back) physically.

      • CelticsBIG3

        Maybe the second half, but he was getting destroyed in the first half.

  • I_Love_Green

    For our shooting guard's sake, lets end this wednesday, and pray the heat/pacers series goes 7.

  • Jim

    Funny how people say Ray played bad but Dick Stockton said he played well. I think Ray did a lot that does not show up in the box score. Steamer did ok and I am glad he was back out there .Nice win!!

    • Big 4 fan

      Ray played pretty good defense tonight(even the commentators were giving him credit for his defense) and nobody seems to remember him leavin the game going to the bench in pain, holding his ankle. Watch the game again. We should be applauding his efforts but instead all everyone looks for him to do is score score score. He is not in the game to score. Ray is being used as a decoy(Doc even said he is limited)…he knows his shots are not going in like normal but has to take some shots so the opposing defense doesnt think he is afraid to shot the ball. When he shots even if it doesnt go in, the next time Ray has the ball they are going to put two defenders on him just because of what he has done in th past, which gives open looks to Bass, Kevin and Pierce. It even leaves Rondo with room to drive to the basket because the opposing team isn't sitting in the paint sincet they are afraid to rotate over and leave Ray wide open.

  • jman

    Hopefully they remember what they did in the 2nd half on wednesday, push all night…Rebound and go to the basket. Fouls will eventually come. As for the heat/pacers series, I doubt it All depends on how the heirarchies want it to go…lol

  • ElRoz

    It seems that the Celtics showed more dominance on the road – two games in Phily they went ahead with big leads (and Phily seems to have been much better at trouble in 3 games in Boston); all three games at home the Celtics had to come back and struggle a little….I am looking forward to game 6 in Phily – we might see a more determined and better Celtics.

    Hope Miami-Indie goes 7 games…with 3 double overtime games. And I want Indie to win – because I love Larry Bird!

  • Bpbbert

    If this game doesn't net Bass an A+, he's not likely to ever get one.

  • Phil

    Hey Bass, nice to see you. Sorry about all those mean things I said after game 3…

    Joking aside, the Celtics got 37 points from Bass and Stiemsma tonight. That's the kind of role player step up that we've been looking for. You don't expect another game like that from him again, but if he can give you half, the Celtics will move on. Given how this Celtics team is, I applaud Bass for his strong performance in the game 7 blowout.

    I've pretty much lost hope on Ray. He'll still have a game where he hits three or four big shots, but this is probably the norm. I give him credit for gutting it out, but I don't see how we can expect to have the real Ray back this year. Its sad. Bone spurs suck.

  • hansgruber

    Best part of this game was the SCALABRINE! chants. Besides the win, of course.

    • Hype

      Wait, this really happened?

      • LStrike

        Yeah, with about 2:10 left in the 4th.

      • CG12

        He was there working as a member of the media for some TV network.

        • CelticsBIG3

          Comcast Sportsnet New England, who covers the Celtics

  • Honestly I'm surprised there isn't more excitement for what Brandon Bass did out there tonight – I'm not trying to give the guy a key to the city or anything but that performance was HUGE. He set the tone, made hustle plays, knocked down open shots, and gave the offense that flow it so desperately needed. I thought whoever won tonight's game would take the series and Bass went a long, long way to basically jamming this win down Philly's throat. He may be a reason why the series isn't over yet – but he also was a reason why the Cs season still looks solid.

    In terms of Ray – I wouldn't be surprised if he has a "Bass game 5" in him somewhere. Just when you least expect him to give you anything he comes out and hits 5 treys and 20 points in a crunch time win. Or he knocks down a couple 3s to put a game into OT. He still has a role in this movie, it's just not his time yet. Until then this team needs AB to soak up a few minutes and play some hustle defense.

  • Anthony

    Celts win and Lakers just lost to OKC. Good nite everyone

  • thunderlizards

    Brandon Bass is the player Leon Powe would have been if not for the injuries

  • ElRoz

    Just read that Bradley might be out more games…maybe throughout the playoffs he'll play one and then sit two games?!

    I wish Doc would find his inner Greg Popovich and try to effectively plug Dooling into the game. I know Dooling hasn't performed well offensively…but with Bradley out, the Celtics must use him – he plays good defense and he can hit a 3-point. Of course if he play 8-9 minutes a game and gets 2 shots, what can he do? I have faith in Dooling. It would be good to start Dooling just so that the other starters sort of integrate him into the offense-defense. With 4 starters on the floor, Dooling can be helpful.

  • ElRoz

    Start Dooling along with Rondo, KG, Bass, Pierce instead of bringing him off the bench for limited minutes..

    • The Cardinal

      Noooo man, we're already doomed if Doc has to depend on Dooling for 20 minutes or more. He'll never do it because he's loyal to his vets, but 20 minutes of Moore would bring a more energetic scorer off the bench than anyone else that we have at this point. Moore is also the 2nd best ball handler on the team and within the frame work of our defense, he would be more than adequate – but it ain't gonna happen.

      What I love about Moore is what I loved about Pietrus – if he has the shot he doesn't overthink it like Bass, and KG – he'll take it. Even if he's missing, I don't mind because it's usually within the flow of the offense.

  • CG12

    Nice to the see some key contributions from non-Big 4 players. You are going to need role players to win you a game or two over a 7 game series, and that's exactly what happened last night. When Bass plays aggressively, it makes such a big difference for this team. He doesn't need to hit all his shots, but he needs to take them like he absolutely believes they are going in every time. That was the Bass we saw for long stretches of this year. It's like Doc said – "he just let it flow." Bass is a guy you don't want over-thinking things. He isn't a cerebral player, he is an instinctive player.

  • CG12

    The Cs played with a great pace last night. I love to see them get the ball up the floor quickly. CWebb mentioned it on the telecast. You don't need to go helter skelter to the rim every time, but push it up the floor, probe for opportunities, and get into your offense. When Rondo does that it opens up the offense tremendously. When he walks it up, bounces it up top for 10 seconds, then gets into the offense, it just kills the flow of the offense and shrinks down the spaces available in the half-court. I'd love to see one of the big guys make it his job to get the ball out of the basket after a make and look to advance it up the wings immediately. It isn't a big thing, but it is one of the many little things that create small, meaningful differences in the opportunities available.

  • janos

    Overall, is very satisfy night on NBA

  • tbunny

    Ray is not doing great but he is absolutely doing what he can.He's running through pain and it's kind of amazing.

  • ozzy

    Gotta give Ray an Incomplete for the entire playoffs… playing on bone spurs can't be easy and is clearly affecting his shot but his presence on the court alone opens things up for everyone else

  • kel

    hate all the quick threes from MP, and then the boasting after his one basket. don't care if he doesn't play anymore.

  • phreesh

    Dooling should have an exclamation point after 'replacement level'. At least he's playing that well.