|Kevin Garnett, PF 23 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +150 rebounds get him docked a half grade, but with Boston holding their own for most of the night on the defensive glass, the 9-for-11 from the field in just 23 minutes stands out far more brightly to me. Whenever KG gets into an offensive groove from the perimeter, it still boggles my mind with how much ease he gets those shots up. In 3 games against Philly this year, he is shooting 68 percent against the Sixers this year, so as long as Bynum stays sidelined, this is a playoff matchup down the line that could bode well for KG.|
|Brandon Bass, PF 32 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +12When he’s hitting his open jumpers, Boston’s offense will be hard to beat. Let Thaddeus Young out of the box for a bit in the second half, but made the most of his opportunities on the offensive end.|
|Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +14Ties a season-high with 9 assists, which was a welcome change of pace from what I feel like has been overreaching by Pierce on the offensive end lately. Part of that hasn’t been his fault, as the supporting cast has not stepped up as much as you would like, but Pierce came into last night as an willing and active passer, against Philly’s double teams, which produced an efficient offense night for his teammates and himself (just 1 turnover).|
|Rajon Rondo, PG 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 11 AST | 7 PTS | +22The offensive aggressiveness he had Friday night inn the first half was still missing, but his crashing of the defensive glass remained a welcomed surprise. No point guard in the league can board better than Rondo when he puts his mind to it. The sloppy turnovers are still a bit too numerous for my liking, but Rondo made up for it on the defensive end, besting Jrue Holiday for the second straight night. Additionally, I vastly enjoy Rondo’s late-game triple-double attempts, fighting Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass mightily late for boards, while sitting himself up for a 3-ball minutes late. High comedy.|
|Jason Terry, SG 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +3A bit of a shooting slump against Philly the past couple nights continued. Clearly was less of a defensive liability given the Sixers 23 percent shooting in the first half, and still managed to hit a couple of 3-pointers despite his struggles.|
|Jeff Green, PF 23 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +3Time to give some credit where credit is due. The rebounding wasn’t there last night, but the offensive explosiveness was, as the team went to him early and often in isolation and he made the most of those opportunities. This wasn’t just a flash in the pan either lately, as he’s now scored in double-digits in four of his past five games and has begun to earn some crunch time minutes because of it.|
|Jared Sullinger, PF 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +4It’s hard to thing the C’s would get away with a night where KG and Jeff Green combined for 0 rebounds, but the work Sullinger did on both sides of the floor on the glass was a joy to watch. Philly is no slouch when it comes to rebounding as we know too well. I’ve also been impressed with the strides Sully has made on the defensive end on a night in and out basis. One of the more reliable members of the rotation just 20 games into his career is nothing to sneeze at.|
|Chris Wilcox, PF 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -5Alley-oop, rinse, repeat.|
|Courtney Lee, SG 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | +1Same old story for now, solid defense, minimal offense. On nights like this, defense is the older thing the C’s need out of him, so not sense knocking a guy for taking jsut 3 shots.|
|Leandro Barbosa, SG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4Out of the rotation for the time being. In what may be a related story, C’s pick and roll D has improved a lot in the past few games.|
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