|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 6-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -3
Doug Collins was not going to let Paul Pierce beat him tonight. Pierce faced aggressive early doubles almost every time he touched the ball. Still, he manufactured a complete game, particularly on the glass. Pierce somehow managed to get stronger all series, while battling a knee injury, and being guarded by multiple guys, including one of the top perimeter defenders in the game. Just a complete throwback, this guy. They made him like they used to make them.
|Brandon Bass, PF 41 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +11
Our boy Brandon played some big time defense tonight, which is to say that his shortcomings were less evidenced than usual. And for the second time in the last three, he put up an efficient offensive line. Is it possible he’s rounding back into regular season form?
|Kevin Garnett, PF 38 MIN | 7-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +16
Owned game 7 the way he’s owned plenty of others this spring. At this point, he could teach a weekend masterclass on defense at the Holiday Inn and I’d pony up $500 for the privilege of attending. Could he have spent more time in the post earlier in the game? Sure. But RR’s heroics aside, KG carried the Celtics tonight.
|Ray Allen, SG 38 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +19
I watched him closely on defense tonight and he got beat a number of times, but considering how often Philly sought him out, he did a credible job, forcing the Sixers into more than a few second options in the second half. On offense, his shot wasn’t there… until finally, thrillingly, it was.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 43 MIN | 6-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 18 PTS | +10
Came out strong in the first few minutes, proved ineffectual through the middle of the game and then, after Pierce fouled out, he took the f over with his traditional excellence from behind the three point line and and some ice-in-vein free throws. Oh yeah, also triple-doubled and turned the ball over 7 times. At this point, I just shrug. Maybe we’ll never understand him. Or just maybe — We Are All Rondos.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +2
I consider his one strong take to the basket one of his season highlights. Depressing, that.
|Ryan Hollins, C 10 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
Made a couple of plays on defense. Otherwise impotent.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +4
Completely useless from three-point territory (yet again) but played a great game nonetheless, attacking the rim for a dunk and a few key rebounds and putting pressure on Philly on both sides of the ball. With Avery finished and Allen diminished, he’s one of Boston’s most important subs the next two weeks. Avec gateau, Mickael. Avec gateau.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7
One of my favorite lines of the season. 5 minutes and a whole lotta zeros.