|Kevin Garnett, PF 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | +10
Exactly how does Garnett keep coming up with these kinds of performances? In 36 grueling minutes, he turned in an efficient 24-10, with most of his damage coming early in the first, late in the fourth and throughout OT. He got up in the air for some tough alley-oops (both catches and finishes), looked spry all game and made life difficult for Glen Davis. So, it was a big night, but he’ll need a lot of ice after this one.
|Brandon Bass, PF 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +11
A bad shooting night but his aggression paid off in a dozen big rebounds and a lot of pounding under both baskets. Unlike certain other tweeners on this team, he’s learning to be effective even when he doesn’t score.
|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 23 PTS | +4
His third quarter burst makes his overall night look better than it was. Forced a bunch of shots when he couldn’t get south of the foul line. But he’s not much younger than Garnett and he went for 37 minutes. Enough with the late-game ISO, though. That’s so 2006.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 16 AST | 15 PTS | +9
Rather than focus on a couple of blunders (the egregious airball, passing up a sure layup for a shot at a cheap assist), I’m choosing to look at the considerable good in his performance tonight: a 16-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, a near triple double and, for the most part, an attack mentality carried over from the Thunder win on Friday night.
|Jason Terry, SG 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +16
A real struggle for Jet tonight. His three steals were offset by his three turnovers and the abuse laid on him by the bigger guys he had to guard (particularly Afflalo). On offense, he never got into a groove, missing 4 out of 6 shots.
|Jeff Green, PF 20 MIN | 0-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | -3
Back in the summer, Green’s agent David Falk implied a lot of interest in his client from teams around the league. Let’s hope he wasn’t just chirping, because Green’s few decent games have been completely undercut by disasters like tonight and patience is running appropriately thin. Missed all nine shots despite a few point blank looks (he’s really struggling to finish contested shots) and, as seems typical when his offense isn’t working, was either late or missed a number of coverages on defense. A waste of 20 minutes.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 19 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6
A dynamic makes-his-presence-felt 19 minutes for Sullinger, who looks more comfortable with each passing game. He’s not perfect, though. The offensive rebounding is a joy, the pick and roll defense is most certainly not.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2
Needs to play with more force. He was the first big off the bench but that’s going to change if he can’t find more consistency game-to-game.
|Courtney Lee, SG 24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -6
Finding his niche as a defender and opportunistic scorer. You’d like more production out of him, but he’ll never wow you with numbers.
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 11 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -3
First half scoring was crucial. Scares nobody with his defense.