|Kevin Garnett, PF 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +4
Does more in 31 minutes than most people do all day.
|Brandon Bass, PF 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6
Ineffective on offense but put up good rebounding numbers.
|Paul Pierce, SF 37 MIN | 6-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +12
Another 6-16 night. Yikes. But he also got to the line 8 times amongst a few other good numbers in the line score. This is probably worth a post all on its own but last night showed us quite a bit about Pierce’s shifting game. I’m officially worried about his shooting (his FG% is at its lowest number since the 03-04 season) but he’s increasing his efficiency in other areas, particularly his defensive rebounding rate, which is up, and his turnovers, which are down.
|Jason Terry, SG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 11 AST | 15 PTS | +7
Utterly mystifying performance for Terry who took Rondo’s absence as a sign that he should take 17 shots, many of the forced-and-missed variety. But he also had 11 dimes which may not happen again the rest of his career. I’ve also got a growing appreciation for his quick hands on defense, which render him something less than a liability. At least last night they did.
|Courtney Lee, SG 39 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -4
Who else is coming around on Lee, who did another long stretch on the floor, to his, and the team’s, benefit? Seems to be finding his shot.
|Jeff Green, PF 23 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | -19
Jeff, we’ll take this game from you every single night without complaint. Particularly heartwarming are the shooting percentages: 8-11 from the field and 2-3 on corner three balls.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3
Tall people remain a problem for Sullinger who looked more like a rookie when he tried to score the ball last night. But he did pull down 5 rebounds and block 3 shots. On a team that might be one guy star talent short of being capable of seriously challenging for a title, multifaceted production from the mid-level guys is essential.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
Still recovering from illness.
|Jason Collins, C 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
Remarkably bad at finishing at the rim given his size. He blew another couple last night. The rebounds were nice, though. Fun fact: Has a -1.99 PER.
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | -11
He’s come way back to Earth in his last five games and turned in a mostly-empty 13 minutes last night. There’s a version of the 2012-13 season where he ends up anchored to the bench when Avery Bradley returns.