|Kevin Garnett, PF 35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +9
KG gets docked for selfishly sitting out any portion of this game when his team obviously can’t sustain a lead without him. Will Doc be forced to redesign his “5-5-5” system to make it a “12-12-12-12”?
|Jared Sullinger, PF 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -2
Remind me why we’re starting him again? Is it because we think the starting offense is good enough that we can afford to move Bass to the bench? Because the starting offense was not that great last year. I would like to see Bass at the beginning of games again, please.
|Paul Pierce, SF 41 MIN | 2-12 FG | 10-12 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5
A horrible shooting night made swallowable by a bunch of rebounds and five more foul shots than the Wizards got. The answer to whether or not Pierce’s shooting problems in the playoffs are ongoing has shifted from “No?” back to “Yes?”
|Rajon Rondo, PG 44 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 18 PTS | +11
One of those intermittent great shooting games from Rondo that make every other game that much more frustrating. He arranged the victory in overtime and gets the soggy, half-deflated game ball for this one.
|Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -2
Lee’s performance is not fitting into my preconceived narrative of Ray Allen’s absence not being noticed by the Celtics at all. This is unacceptable. The preconceived narrative must be kept to. Courtney: please consider the preconceived narrative in the future.
|Jeff Green, PF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +2
Green’s already solidifying his role as the eighth man in Doc’s rotation, and Avery Bradley hasn’t even come back yet. When he does return, Green’s rotation spot will equal the number of millions of dollars he’s making this year.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +8
Managed to basically replicate Jeff Green’s stats in 18 fewer minutes. I’m not sure who’s more impressive in this scenario.
|Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +6
Again, he should be starting. Yeah, having him come off the bench gives the team more reserve scoring and Jason Terry more weapons not to pass too. I understand that. But the starting offense could use him, and going with Sullinger may have introduced a defensive chemistry shakeup that the advantages of the move can’t compensate for.
|Jason Terry, SG 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +7
True to form, Terry’s going to try and cure his shooting problems by shooting a huge amount more. Whatever works, bud. I still prefer to see him creating than spotting up, and he clearly prefers it too.
Three Things We Saw
- Tommy said after the game that the Wizards “are going to be a difficult team this season.” We’d certainly like to believe that after these two games. Maybe the Wizards are just really good! But let’s agree that it’s much more likely that they suck.
- Did Chris Wilcox buy himself a few MPG in this one? He looked fantastic: the only guy who could shore up the interior defense with KG out. If we’re looking for somebody whose minutes he can cut into, I propose Jared Sullinger.
- Courtney Lee’s shooting numbers have declined in every game this season, even though the competition’s gotten easier and he’s had more time to adjust to the offense. Weird, right?