|Paul Pierce, SF 40 MIN | 5-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -16
“What a relief to be done with Andre Iguodala. Can’t wait to get all kinds of open layups and great looks on my jumper and plenty of passing lanes and–”
(A six-eight 350-pound shadow falls over Pierce)
“Gulp!”Pierce looked like the 2014 version of himself in this one, having trouble not only with LeBron but the length of vaunted interior defenders Shane Battier (also 6’8″) and Udonis Haslem (same). The fact that he attempted ZERO free throws with all the times he got knocked down on drives is a little cuckoobutters, though.
|Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -11
Bass opted out of forcing annoying object of newspaper columnist lust Shane Battier to defend him in the post, instead attempting a bunch of Boshy short jumpers and missing them. Of all the players on both teams who got actual minutes, Bass outrebounded only James Jones, who, given the 24 extra minutes that Bass got, would almost certainly have matched him. Use your hands, bud.
|Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 9-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | -9
Dutifully kept up his end of the bargain and put up nice numbers against an undersized team. Still: he caught a little of the oldness disease that was going around tonight. When Wade lost Ray on virtually every possession, KG looked a little slower than usual helping out. Nitpicking! He’s the best.
|Ray Allen, SG 39 MIN | 1-7 FG | 3-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -9
This game reminded me of when I was a kid and our old dog couldn’t get up the stairs and my parents looked at each other knowingly. Except the difference is that I’m actively rooting for Doc to drive Ray to the vet and replace his dog minutes with Pietrus, Dooling, or Pavlovic, three guys who can keep up with Wade while keeping the missed shots to a minimum. I love Ray. But this is not how I want to remember him.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 44 MIN | 8-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 16 PTS | -15
One of those misleading Rondo games: the numbers are fine, but his impact was pretty minimal, I guess because Pierce didn’t foul out of this one.
|Keyon Dooling, PG 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -5
Weirdly forgot about this until now, but back in January this slightly older version of myself zapped into my kitchen and told me that in five months I’d actually be hoping Keyon Dooling got a starting job. Did not listen, sent him on his way.
|Mickael Pietrus, SF 17 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -11
Again, I’d rather see him out there than Ray, even if he wore an electrified collar that stopped him from crossing halfcourt to play offense. That might be a good option, actually.
|Greg Stiemsma, C 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -3
I bet on nights like this Greg is very, very quiet in the clubhouse even though secretly he thinks he played pretty well.