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100 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -2

It took him a couple of games but KG looks exactly the player he was the second half of last season. You can’t expect the same per-minute production beyond a half hour of playing time but here, at an efficient 19 and 10 in 31, you’ve got everything you could want this early in the season. And on a team with a batch of bad pick and roll defenders at the big spots (at least so far) KG’s defense remains a nightly revelation.

Jared Sullinger, PF 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -7

Played like a rookie. Is a rookie. Not a huge problem.

Paul Pierce, SF 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 6-9 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | -5

The Celtics are on pace to burn out Pierce this season. He’s up two minutes per game over last year. After a miserable start against the Sixers, he got it going in the second half, on his way to a 50% shooting night and 9 FTA. If KG is Boston’s best player from minutes 1-30 and Rondo the best from 31 minutes and onwards, Pierce is the team’s best scorer from minutes 1-48. He could play until he’s 40.

Rajon Rondo, PG 42 MIN | 6-17 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 20 AST | 14 PTS | +2

I’d argue the 6-17 shooting is at least as representative of his night as the 20 assists, a number that he reaches regularly enough to render it unremarkable, if not unimpressive. Still, he didn’t control the game the way a player of his caliber should and in the final estimation, Holiday outplayed him.

Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -6

Our pre-season expectations were reasonable but yet again tonight, he’s nowhere near meeting them. It’s not for a lack of effort. He’ll prove a valuable part soon enough.

Jeff Green, PF 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6

Played like a rookie. Makes $9 million per year. Big problem.

Chris Wilcox, PF 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +1

It’s not always pretty but his conditioning and hustle (notably, the 6 FTAs) are making up for his lack of game reps. With Darko already an afterthought and Collins no more than a specialist, Wilcox could be logging major minutes, and soon.

Brandon Bass, PF 23 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -5

Off night on the glass and shooting the ball. Motor fires hard, mind you.

Jason Terry, SG 29 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +5

With Lee, Sullinger and Green all struggling, Terry’s offensive confidence and shot creation are joys to watch. It’s clear Jet is the only other natural scorer on the team besides Pierce, which makes him the most indispensable part of the bench. Maybe the only indispensable part.

Leandro Barbosa, SG 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -7

If he’s effective in short minutes, it’s a good sign for the Celtics. If he’s mediocre in longer minutes, it’s bad. Tonight, he displayed elements of both sides of that false dichotomy.

  • Phil

    The blurb for KG reminded me; I'd like to officially withdraw any concern I had about KG after the first couple of games. We've flipped all the way around to the problem being the team falling apart when he leaves the court.

    I'm expecting Lee to fit in a lot better once Bradley's starting and he goes to the bench. He just seems out of place with the starters for some reason.

  • Morpheus

    Definitely agree with the evaluation of Rondo. I’m not impressed with his assists as much as I am impressed with winning games. Winning matters, 20 assists, 50 assists don’t mean shit other than making the record books, but winning should be his priority not setting assist records here and there.

  • Jove

    As I had stated before, Rivers is way overrated. KG would make any coach loook good. Check the record of Saunders at Minn with Kg and then check his record without KG. Same thing for Doc, Check his record at Orlando and Boston without KG.

  • noche

    I don't understand what happened with Lee last night. He was the only one who had anything going and then he sat out from like 3 minutes left in the first quarter to 3 minutes left in the second quarter. Then he barely played again. It's like, on a night where everyone is missing and you have a new guy who's getting it going, why not lean on him until he goes cold? Was he the one who was blowing his assignments and letting guys into the paint? Because if he was he sure wasn't the only one.

  • tomrod

    Green and Sullinger are gonna be the x-factors. They need to contribute for the C's to be elite.

  • -JP

    I want to like Jeff Green, I really do. It seems like he isn't comfortable being a bench guy. He was a good player in OKC and that was with Harden, Westbrook, and Durant all taking shots as well. He has got to give us more than he has been.

    Otherwise, same old story for this season already, bad defense. They showed some flashes, but they don't really get easy scores since their defense isn't getting stops. Philly was able to set up their defense virtually every time down the court and the Celtics didn't execute in the half-court. The pick and roll remains a huge problem for this team, hopefully it is just because of the new parts, but if not, we are in for a long season.

  • stevep

    I would actually like to see Jeff Green starting for the C's …a better option than sulliinger or bass, if you ask me…a starting five of Rondo, Lee (or Bradley, when he's healthy), Pierce, Green and Garnett would look good and the offensive continuity would be a lot smoother…and since there are really no bruising 4's in the East, it would work very effectively…plus, Jeff played the 4 in the West, which is a lot harder to do….

  • CelticsBIG3

    Just watched the game. KG with a couple of alley oops looking fresh. Otherwise I don't know. It looks to me like the Celtics almost aren't getting up for games until its too late. In every loss they have put together strong 4th quarters, it's just far too late by then. Get interested C's.

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