|Kevin Garnett, PF 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +6
Garnett’s rebounds are down. Like, really freaking down. Before the C’s took on the Mavericks tonight, Garnett was averaging 9.1 per 36 minutes. He had 5 in 40 tonight. Couple that with the goose egg he had against Philly on Saturday and it’s starting to become concerning. Only a nice double digit posting will calm my nerves about KG’s potential decline. Let’s hope we see that on this up-coming road trip.On the bright side, Garnett hit some big shots tonight that helped keep an active Mavs team at bay.
|Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-6 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +2
Bass scored 9 points and snagged 7 boards. That’s not a lot for a team’s starting power forward in a double overtime game. However, things start to look better for Bass when you consider he only played the customary regulation minutes (33) and didn’t exactly get his number called beyond the 3rd quarter. I’d take a guaranteed 9 and 7 from Bass if I could.Bass really earns his B+ when you consider his lowly foul total. In a game with calls to go around, Bass only getting two is one of life’s great mysteries.
|Paul Pierce, SF 44 MIN | 11-25 FG | 9-11 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 34 PTS | +2
34 points is great. For Pierce, it’s also nice to see he’s still capable of filling it up. I, however, take issue with the 25 FGAs and those damned isolation plays. Perhaps it was play-calling, perhaps it was the extended minutes. Whatever the cause, the effect was awful to watch. How many times can Pierce fail to get a good shot off in an isolation play before the Celtics go to something else? On a positive note, Pierce had some finishes tonight that made you think, “big boy” if you thought about how you’d describe them. It’s nice to see those once in awhile. It’s nicer to see them more often than that.
|Rajon Rondo, PG 53 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 15 AST | 16 PTS | -4
Sure, you could deduct more points for getting stuck on pick-and-rolls, employing perhaps the worst on-ball defensive strategy (eye shield), and that awful shot attempt to end regulation. Those are all truisms when it comes to Rondo’s performance tonight, but his positive contributions far outweighed any of those shortcomings. Rondo almost had a triple-double in 58 minutes, but keep in mind he also almost had one in regulation. There were times where he seemed like the only person good enough, fast enough, and fresh enough to make a play. And he backed up that perception with that big time drive and lay up to put the C’s up for good.He gets the A- because you know, I know, and he knows he can be even better.
|Jason Terry, SG 48 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +2
Terry was pumped to face his former team and was probably pissed when it was over. The JET was a miserable 3-for-10 from the field and gave the C’s little outside of one late game deflection. You almost have to disregard that deflection when you consider how reckless the Mavs were with the ball. The Mavs committed 27 turnovers and many of them weren’t exactly due to the Celtics swarming defense.
|Jeff Green, PF 27 MIN | 5-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +6
Had the Celtics won by 10 in regulation, Green’s game would have been lumped in with his other recent productive performances. His tentativeness late in tonight’s game combined with his 31% shooting really outweigh the 15 points and that HUGE two-handed alley-oop slam in transition. Keep in mind that for Green, 5 rebounds is like 12 for anyone else.
|Jared Sullinger, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +3
Sullinger had a rough game. He missed all three of his shot attempts and could only be trusted to play 11 minutes in a 58 minute game.
|Chris Wilcox, PF 16 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6
Where would the Celtics be without Chris Wilcox? 10 points and 6 boards in 16 minutes. Why didn’t he get more minutes tonight?
|Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -1
Why didn’t Doc Rivers put Lee in when the Mavericks went uber small late in the game? Hmmm…something to ponder.