|Kevin Garnett, PF 27 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +14
An aggressive first quarter saw KG getting deep position, making quick moves, and filling it up. He missed a number of shots later on from the same excellent spots on the floor, but you’ll take those looks anytime. Still the one.
|Brandon Bass, PF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +4
The only starter not to turn the ball over, Bass picked up his game in the third quarter when the Celtics surged into the lead. His usage is down from last year but his defense is an improved scramble.
|Paul Pierce, SF 25 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +8
Another volume scoring night for Pierce (6-15, including 1-6 from the arc) to go with 4 sloppy turnovers. I still worry more about the shooting percentages than the turnovers because Pierce was attacking tonight and looking to create off the dribble. It just didn’t always work.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 38 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 11 AST | 17 PTS | -4
Five ugly turnovers for Rondo and only one rebound. Still, happy to have him back and more than happy for the 17 points on only 11 shots.
|Jason Terry, SG 38 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +24
‘Twas a feast for Terry, who shot 70% from the field and only turned the ball over twice, which counts as a success on this night.
|Jeff Green, PF 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +2
If it was pass-fail for Green, he’d slip by tonight.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +6
Eighteen games into his career, he’s a clear-cut rotation player. Nights like these make you wonder if he could start next to the right center. To me, he’s still weak on his pick and roll defense: guards turn the corner on him and he doesn’t recover quickly enough into the paint. Despite his size, he’s better helping on the interior where he doesn’t have to rotate so far.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | 0
We all love the hard rolls to the rim and transition dunks but I’m unconvinced of his value in extended minutes. Twenty might be too many.
|Kris Joseph, SF 1 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Hi Kris. Nice to see you.
|Courtney Lee, SG 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0
Always alert out there, but tonight was a hard come down on the offensive end.