|Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +10
It’s really hard to fault Kevin Garnett for anything this season. He’s pretty much the single reason why the Celtics haven’t been the worst defensive team in the league. That said, he didn’t assert himself on the glass the way he has had to start this season but I think his lack of rebounds and his shooting percentage were both results of some tired legs in the fourth quarter. KG played all but two minutes in the fourth and the final quarter was erratic, to put it lightly. Lots of running, lots up-and-down basketball, lots of missed jumpers. In the end, it was all worth it.
|Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 5-6 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +18
Bass could have asserted himself on the glass a little more but Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are both long, strong, and down to get the friction on. It’s hard to rebound over those guys. Defensively, Bass impressed tonight on the pick-and-roll especially around the arc. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when you make a decisive dunk with less than a minute to go. Sure, the points are nice. But the play is more indicative of being in the right place which is huge for Bass.
|Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +13
Pierce had a MONSTER game the other night against the Bucks and wanted to ride that good feeling all throughout the Midwest. Unfortunately, he left his game in Milwaukee. Pierce was short on a lot of his shots and his efficiency took a hit when the C’s and Bulls were both jacking shots in the fourth. Still with only 13 FGAs, a bucket here or there could have swung his shooting percentage, and the game in a big way.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 37 MIN | 10-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 20 PTS | +15
A+. I want to say that again. A+. Rondo dominated this game and he looked like he really enjoyed playing in it. There were a few slight complaints to his game. Rondo didn’t really give Marquis Teague any respect which means he didn’t defend him at all. He also had a really bad Hero Ball moment with just over a minute to play. If these are your gripes with a star player, it means that player is really FREAKING good. A+.
|Jason Terry, SG 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +19
Jason Terry makes big shots. I’m not even sure which one I’m referring to. He just makes big shots. When the Celtics needed a bucket tonight in the worst way, Terry was happy to oblige. This characteristic is exactly what C’s fans expected when the news broke that Terry inked up. Let’s hope it signifies things to come.
|Jeff Green, PF 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -7
I’m happy to see Jeff Green grab five rebounds in 15 minutes. I’m still dismayed that he is the fourth highest paid player on the team. Good thing it’s a long season…I think.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 3 PTS | -10
Jared Sullinger has played much better in limited minutes in a reserve role. I think he’s going to get better as time goes on and I’m a big fan of the new approach to his development. Tonight, he came in and did what was asked of him. Plus that three was awesome.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -4
Wilcox found himself in pushing fights with two good Chicagoan rebounders in Noah and Carlos Boozer. He looked frustrated at times but it never became an issue where it affected his play. The more Wilcox has played this season, the better the C’s have been. More WC please!
|Courtney Lee, SG 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -17
The C’s may be hoping for more out of Courtney Lee but he still played well tonight. He shot efficiently without trying to do too much. It’s hard to ask for much more from him, especially with Terry playing as well as he did tonight.
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -7
Barbosa probably played well enough to backup Rondo but he was also on the court when the C’s lead went from 12 to 3 in the beginning of the fourth. If the C’s had lost, I may have rewatched the fourth quarter and skewered him. Hell, I still might.