|Kevin Garnett, PF 26 MIN | 6-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -4
The second game in a row in which KG looked a step slow. It’s too early in the season to think of hitting any walls or what-if-the-decline-is-now but it certainly bears sticking in the back of your mind. After the game, Garnett talked about his team needing to band together like a pack of hyenas. See him elaborate on that here:
|Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -13
Like the rest of his teammates, Bass hardly did anything memorable tonight. He forced some shots over longer arms (that of Larry Sanders and Samuel Dalembert) and tried to do things that were outside of his wheelhouse (dribble through people, fade-away jumpers). Still, he earns an above average mark for being the only offense at times for the C’s (the patented pick and pop).
|Paul Pierce, SF 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -9
This was the worst game I have seen Paul Pierce play in a long time. And that’s the TRUTH (Boooo…hisss….). He led the team in turnovers tonight with 4, each more mind-boggling than the one that preceded it. He looked like an old man playing pickup without the blatant hacking and foul-calling when someone took the ball from him. To put it simply: he just didn’t have it tonight. None of the Celtics did, which is why they’re sitting at 0-2.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 41 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 11 AST | 14 PTS | -14
Try as he might, Rajon Rondo did everything he could to keep the C’s in this one, to no avail. The frustration was visible on the court and palpable in the post game media scrum. Here’s Rondo talking about the need to trust one another on defense:
Sadly, it starts with him. He needs to make sure he’s getting the right rotations instead of getting stuck on picks. This is the leadership role he is so close to assuming.
|Courtney Lee, SG 33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -14
Just unremarkable. On most nights, that’d be a fine thing for Lee to be. Tonight, the C’s needed him to be more.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -4
Sully had a strong start to his Garden career but the finish was just FOUL (Get off the stage! These jokes are terrible!)
|Jeff Green, PF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -16
1 rebound in 27 minutes. This Bucks team has been billed as undersized. Green should have been able to assert himself on the glass. “Should” is the operative word. He has the size and athleticism to be a better rebounder but his drive and positioning is all off. Rebounding is an innate skill that Green just doesn’t have.
|Darko Milicic, C 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Darko came in, grabbed a rebound, airballed a baby hook, and then yelled at Jason Terry to pickup Larry Sanders in transition. He was promptly pulled and no one has seen him since…
|Jason Terry, SG 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +1
Terry had an awesome stint in the fourth where he hit a three and nearly stole the inbounds pass. If he hadn’t fouled Jennings, the Celtics could have cut it to 10 or 11 on the ensuing possession. The foul was called and the game was essentially over. Despite the outcome, you gotta love Terry’s fire. He also reminds me of Aziz Ansari. Someone explain that to me….
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +3
The microwave blew a fuse tonight. Should be fixed by tomorrow. The repair man gave me a 7-10pm window.