|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.