|Kevin Garnett, PF 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +9
The young Jazz bigs really went at KG, particularly off the dribble. Defending young perimeter players one-on-one is one of KG’s few defensive weaknesses and he struggled with that tonight. His shot was off again although he managed a few impressive rim runs and again put down a lob from Rajon Rondo. Overall, he seems tired right now and the Brooklyn game won’t do much to help. Expect sub-30 minutes from KG tomorrow night. He’ll be better for it over the long term.
|Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -2
His steadiness is part of his appeal but his limitations are consistent too. Bass got just killed on the boards and in a game where the Celtics gave up a massive batch of offensive rebounds, they needed more from him.
|Paul Pierce, SF 29 MIN | 7-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | -3
The shooting percentage was — again — nothing to blog home about but Pierce generated enough offense to lead the team in scoring.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 6 PTS | -8
A soft focus first half gave way to a sharp third quarter before he turned his ankle and sat the rest of this one out. He is drawing consistent double-team attention on penetration which is opening up the lane for guys like KG and Wilcox to throw down alley-oops.
|Jason Terry, SG 22 MIN | 0-1 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -10
A passenger on this particular jet.
|Jeff Green, PF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +12
Here’s what I like, besides the steady upward creep in his minutes: after Paul Millsap stymied a number of his first half drives, Green continued attacking, which led to that thunderous throwdown in the fourth quarter and 7 FTAs. Here’s what I love: the technical foul and subsequent imploring of the crowd to bring the noise. Could the snarl and attitude of #5 be rubbing off on him? Let’s hope so.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 16 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +7
Nobody’s talking about his basketball IQ lately.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 18 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -4
Love the production in short minutes because it’s based almost exclusively on hustle and positioning. Particularly excited that he’s still a ways from optimal shape, which means his performance should be on an upswing for awhile yet.
|Courtney Lee, SG 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +11
Finding his place, however slowly. Given the way he started, I’ll take 50% from the field with no further fuss.
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 3-6 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +13
A lightning quick score-first backup point who is not tiny (Nate Robinson), erratic (Stephon Marbury), injury prone (Delonte West) or a half-season rental (Sam Cassell), Barbosa has been more feast than famine so far. Where does he fit when Avery Bradley comes back? With any luck, it’ll be a difficult conversation.