In lieu of grades for a C’s comfortable 18-point win over the undermanned Raptors during a rare Saturday matinee at the TD Garden, here are a few numbers that told the story from today’s easy win against Toronto.
20 – Rajon Rondo was back from a one-game absence from a sprained ankle and picked up where he left off, slicing and dicing the Raptor defense apart to the tune of 20 assists in just 32 minutes of action. According to NBA.com, he’s just the fourth player to post that 20 assist number in fewer than 32 minutes in NBA history. Safe to say there there should be no lingering concern about the ankle’s condition.
17 – The number of minutes Kevin Garnett played. With the C’s third game in four days today and another one against Detroit looming tomorrow, Doc Rivers is getting the best of both worlds with an easy win and a light workload for the 36-year-old power forward.
12-11 – The first double-double of Jared Sullinger’s career off the bench. As the rookie settles into a rhythm coming off the pine after a short stint in the starting five, it’s promising to see some growth out of the 21-year-old against inferior opponents like Toronto. The flashes of potential that we saw in the preseason are still there and should become more prevalent as the season continues.
4 – That’s four or more points for every member of the roster (10 players) that played in today’s game. In what was an underwhelming start to the season for the C’s newcomers has quickly and quietly transferred in a reliable threat from all five positions off the bench.
We’re back at it tomorrow at the Hub with a full preview and grades for an early evening tilt with the one-win Detroit Pistons looming.