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Boston Celtics 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 6-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +7
Another remarkably efficient night for KG, who is now sporting a sharp 20.40 PER. We’re in small sample-size territory but he’s effectively the same player he was last year, save that both his rebounding and turnovers are up a tick.
Brandon Bass, PF 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +4
Pulled down a couple of key offensive rebounds to give the Celtics extra possessions. His rebounding is up and he’s one of the few guys Doc trusts outside of Pierce-Rondo-Garnett. He’s shaping up to be a key rotation guy or a really appealing trade asset. Either works.
Paul Pierce, SF 35 MIN | 8-18 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | +8
Pierce took it upon himself to create much of Boston’s offense in the second half, forcing the issue on drives to the basket and jumpers alike. He’s also the third guy in a row on this list whose rebounding is up this year. After last night, Pierce has a 20.7DRR. It might not be sustainable all year long, but so far he’s one of the key reasons the Celtics are one of the league’s best defensive rebounding teams.
Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 10 PTS | +4
Kept his largely meaningless assist streak (10 or more) alive and probably would have cleared it by a half dozen if guys had made first half shots.
Jason Terry, SG 22 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +5
Has Courtney Lee already lost his interim starting spot to the emergent Terry? It certainly appears that way.
Jeff Green, PF 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -1
After a typically indistinct first half, Green put his stamp on the game in the second half, making a few strong moves to the basket that resulted in 8 free throw attempts and a key referee-aided defensive play in the final minute. The longer minutes seemed to help him find his rhythm and the Celtics would be wise to stretch him out over the next ten games.
Jared Sullinger, PF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1
He seems to be slipping in the rotation but it’s a long season.
Chris Wilcox, PF 15 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -5
Wilcox does what Green struggles to do: produce even when his number isn’t being called. His ability to justify 25 minutes a game looms as an x-factor for this team.
Courtney Lee, SG 28 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +3
He’s lost out there right now.
Leandro Barbosa, SG 8 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Missed six shots in eight minutes. Prediction: he’ll be a rotational casualty as soon as Avery Bradley gets back.
  • Geo

    The offense couldn't be easier for Courtney, cut to the basket or hangout for the corner 3, yet he seems to just be standing still or clogging up Rondo's lane. With the absence of Allen, and all of those multiplayer screens, the Celtics have forgotten how to get guys open and are hence just forcing the ball in or hucking contested 3's. at this point the only consistent. workable offense is KG in the post. Maybe the problem is the supposed focus on offensive boards (which once again is mostly lost in favor of transition) that is taking away the 4 from being a screen man. Bottom line, we have a lot of big guys who arent the first option, and a ton of shooters, work and get them open and we will be scoring in droves.

  • Phil

    Wait, are the Celtics really one of the best defensive rebounding teams? I've been looking at that as a problem the last few games.

  • eejay

    I agree that Courtney was lost offensively, but i thought he played tremendous defense on multiple posessions. Therefore the D-grade seems a little harsh to me.

  • CelticsBIG3

    It really took until 7 o'clock the next night to put this grade page together? CelticsHub Grade, D-. I didn't really feel like the Jeff Green play at the end of the game was a foul either.

  • CG12

    Lee is definitely pressing. I am confident he will figure it out. Sullinger similarly looks like he is thinking too hard and isn't able to just let it flow. Green looks so much better when he gets to work on the ball. His primary skill is one-on-one scoring. Green also had some nice defensive boards in the third when the Cs were playing small. And that chase-down block was nasty. The man has tools, there is no doubt about that.

  • CG12

    I fervently hope that you are right that Bradley gets every single one of Barbosa's minutes (and a few from some other guys) once he comes back.

  • Switcharoo

    Do NOT trade Bass!

  • -JP

    Don't like the idea of trading Bass either, he is effective and he has chemistry, the chemistry is important as we saw during the year we traded Perk. Not saying that he is as important to this team as Perk was, but with so many new guys, keeping ones that have been around is important as long as they are helping on the court.

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